Wednesday, November 2, 2011
303 Bar & Grill to open in Bishop Arts behind Gloria’s
A neighborhood hang-out, nothing more, nothing less.
Located at 303 West Davis Street, the restaurant is a collaboration of sorts between design guru Cory Pope and Celia Lopez, who owns Manhattan Lounge on Routh Street. In the kitchen is chef Adam "Chef Baz" Bazaldua, who at some point worked at Rathbun's Blue Plate Kitchen.
The food will be upscale bar food, heavy on sandwiches, but all homemade, according to a consultant on the project who asked not to be named.
"It used to be a taqueria, but it was originally just a house," he said. "It's been vacant and run down for the past five years. We took the house next to it, knocked it down and made a parking lot."
The menu has a distinct hint of the Northeast, with items such as fish & chips and a "meatball Parm."
Appetizers include an unusual-sounding Philly cheesesteak empanada, Cajun Buffalo wings, BBQ chicken sliders, and garlic shrimp. French fries are house-made and fried in duck fat.
Among the half dozen burgers is a vegetarian "eggplant burger"; other sandwiches include salmon BLT, shrimp po' boy, Carolina-style pulled pork, and pastrami with caramelized onions and cole slaw. More Northeast touches include an Italian hero with salami, turkey, provolone, mozzarella, and crushed cherry peppers; and a lasagna sandwich on Texas toast. There'll be Sunday brunch and a $6 daily special such as a "Coney Island hot dog" with chili, fried chicken, roast beef, sausage & peppers, and crab cake sliders with sweet potato fries.
"All this is going to be is a neighborhood bar and grill and a hang-out spot," the consultant said. "A place where you can watch some TV, eat a great sandwich, eat an appetizer -– that’s all we’re wanting, nothing more, nothing less."
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