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Food for Thought for the Playa

With Reno being the closest major metropolitan area to Black Rock City, it is easily the most accessible place to get your supplies for Burning Man. Come early and stock up! Burning man has designated a number of shopping hubs along I-80 (East – West) and US-395 (North – South), which criss-cross each other near the middle of Reno-Sparks, so you can pick the most convenient one(s) for your trajectory. Other places around town are very accommodating to Burning Man.

Burning Man recommends these local stores for your grub at the Playa:

Save Mart Supermarket
525 Keystone Ave – 775-786-2150

Whole Foods Market
6139 South Virginia Street – 775-852-8023

Trader Joe’s
5035 South McCarran Blvd – 775-826-1621

Great Basin Community Food Co-Op – the fastest growing co-op in the nation!
240 Court Street – 775-324-6133

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Great Full Gardens’ “Gino the Soup Man” has “JumbaPLAYA” ready to grab. So stop on by!

Food Tips:

-          Bring lots of Ziploc bags-  the Playa will get dust on everything and the best way to minimize ingestion of it is to prepare and portion out meals ahead of time.

-          Keep the refrigerated food in your camp colder than 41 degrees at all time. Restock the ice frequently and use a thermometer to make sure it is staying cold. Also, label your coolers with contents. This will minimize unnecessary opening and closing.

-          Prep as much as possible in advance- this will come in handy so you’re not spending your time cooking.

-          Keep food surfaces in your camp as clean as you can. Wash your dishes in soapy water and rinse them in water that has 2 teaspoons of bleach added for every gallon of water. Dirty dishes can breed bacteria and make you ill.

-          Waste Not, Rot Not- make the most of your food.

Water:

Simply Water
1070 Gentry Way – 775-337-8111

Fresca Waterhouse
1196 North Rock Boulevard (north of I-80) – 775-358-9893

Important: Drink only bottled water or water that you know the origin of. Do not accept water from camps that you have doubts about, and do not share water bottles and canteens with other people.

Allot about 1.5 gallons of water per person per day.

Cheers, Burners!

A Food Lover’s Guide to Midtown

midtown eatMidtown District is a renovated old-town area that is unique to Reno; no other city has a place quite like it. Located in the heart of Reno, adjacent to downtown, Midtown transformed re-purposed houses and buildings full of character into a unique and original shopping venue that adds a breath of new energy into the city. In it, you can find a great variety of local shops, original nightlife entertainment… and of course, great eats! With a wide selection of one-of-a-kind restaurants, coffee shops, bars, cafés, and delis, the Midtown District has a taste for everyone. Put these Midtown eateries we’ve provided below (just a few of Midtown’s many treasures), on your next to-do, or rather to-eat, list and you won’t be disappointed!

Great Full Gardens Café & Eatery

Midtown’s newest addition, Great Full Gardens provides a complete array of the most unique & tastiest dishes in all of Reno. Furthermore, by using all natural and organic ingredients, this health-minded café has sprouted a dedicated following. If you have diet restrictions? No problem! The creative menu offers items for every appetite, including gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and paleo options. Try one of GinoTheSoupMan’s local, handmade soups, munch on a Great Full Bowl, or stop by for breakfast for Connie’s Famous Fruit Omelet. The options are endless!

555 South Virginia St. #107

(775) 324-2013


Süp

One of Midtown’s first restaurants, Süp lives up to its name by offering some of the best soups in town. The restaurant focuses on healthy homemade recipes made from scratch daily, then adds fresh ingredients and great customer service to make it one of the most reputable restaurants in not just Midtown, but in all of Reno. Combine a soup with their delicious salads and sandwiches and you’ve got quite the meal!

669 South Virginia St.

(775) 324-4787


Laughing Planet Café

With a restaurant that prides itself on its “Burritos, Bowls, & Goofiness,” you know you’re in for not only good eats, but a good time when going to Laughing Planet. With its fun and quirky ambiance, Laughing Planet has a vibe that keeps people coming back for more. Try one of their famous burritos and bowls, their tasty soups and salads, their homemade smoothies and juices, or all of the above!

650 Tahoe St.

(775) 360-2592


Mari Chuy’s Mexican Kitchen

Mari Chuy’s has brought a Midtown twist to Mexican cuisine with a menu that is unlike any Mexican restaurant you’ve been to before. The new restaurant features delicious, distinctive food including items like The Midtown Veggie Plate, while adhering to its Mexican, non-Americanized, specials. Come on in, grab a margarita or mojito with your meal, and see why Mari Chuy’s is considered one of Reno’s top Mexican restaurants.

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(775) 322-6866


Midtown Eats

Midtown Eats has become a favorite stop-in spot for locals and out-of-towners alike. Not only is the food delectable, but the setting, with a rustic, reclaimed aesthetic, makes your experience that much better. See what everyone is talking about and check out their wide-ranging menu full of tacos, sandwiches, and salads. Or order one of their distinguished burgers… and don’t forget that side of sweet potato fries!

719 South Virginia St.

(775) 324-3287

Redefining Local Food in Reno

Lyndsey Langsdale and Toni Ortega were serendipitously reunited in The Biggest Little City. The pair formed a strong friendship while studying at the University of Nevada, Reno, but were separated when they took different paths, however parallel, toward a future which would lead them right back into the heart of downtown Reno. With Ortega’s experience in the farming industry in New York and Langsdale’s work in community gardens in Arizona, they came together with a vision of creating an urban farm which could not only feed the surrounding community, but also create a cultural shift in how locals buy their produce.

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“We believe in sustainable farming, and we wanted people to be able to see it in their neighborhood,” said Langsdale.

The women wrote out plans on cocktail napkins, while exploring how the future of urban farming would look and sharing a few beers at the nearby MidTown bar, Public House. Just a few blocks away, at the corner of Center St. and Moran St., the .87-acre lot of the future Lost City Farm sat disheveled with trash and former treasures strewn about; nearly an entire block of a black eye in the blossoming MidTown District.

Langsdale said she and Ortega fell in love with the location, and that they “wanted to steward a piece of land that was sad and lonely.”

After convincing the owners of this worthwhile endeavor, the duo worked with the City of Reno to pass the Temporary Urban Farm Ordinance, allowing the Lost City Farm to seed its first season in 2013. Now in its second year, Lost City Farm is producing roughly 30 varieties of vegetables, herbs and mixed greens, as well as bouquet flowers.  The farm provides produce to more than a half-dozen local restaurants, and donated more than 800 pounds of squash to feed the homeless in 2013, but the hope is that residents will be the primary customers. So stop by and say “hello” to your local urban farmers! The Farm Stand is open every Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., July through October.

Dining Hot Spots during Hot August Nights

Cruise on over to one of these classic cool dining spots during Hot August Nights for a taste of of the de-lish Reno dining scene. From authentic diners that have turned back the clock to flavors of yesteryears, to restaurants with a front row view of the classic cars cruising down Virginia Street…. Here are a few hot picks to help keep your cool during one of the best car shows in the nation!

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Dig in at these diners:

Gold ‘N Silver Inn

As seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives! This dining establishment has been a Reno landmark for over 50 years. No need to dress up here, you’ll find working stiffs all suited up, families celebrating a birthday, maybe a few politicians, and even the mayor.

The Nugget Diner

Arguably the most popular diner in Reno thanks to their Awful Awful burger, this is a dining hot spot during Hot August Nights. It’s located in downtown Reno, and open 24-hours! Talk about convenient.

Pneumatic Diner

Vegetarians and vegans pick this hidden gem in downtown Reno for its fresh ingredients, authenticity and menu selection! It’s so good, it even pleases the palate of the biggest meat-lovers with their big flavors.  “Slab tacos” are a favorite for locals.

Red Hut Café

Feeding Lake Tahoe since 1959, the long-time favorite, Red Hut Cafe, has opened in Reno. Take note of their well-known outrageously good service and waffles.

Beefy’s Diner

Located in MidTown Reno, this retro diner serves a mean milkshake and float. This place looks, tastes and feels like a diner.

Mountain House Diner

Located right inside Reno Tahoe International Airport, this hip diner is a great stop on the way in or out. Try the delicious buffalo burger for a wild western treat.

Dinner, drinks and a view:

Chapel Tavern

First, you will be blown away by their Bloody Marys. They take pride in mixing fresh drinks (juice is squeezed right before your eyes) with an incredible selection of liquors.  Take your drink to the patio for a seat right along Virginia Street!

Miguel’s Mexican Food

With plenty of window seats, you’ll surely spot classic cars cruising by. Verde salsa and chile rellenos are specialties at this hot Mexican restaurant.

Midtown Eats

You’re definitely not passing up flavor for a view at this joint. With prime location in MidTown, this rustic hot spot is a go-to during Hot August Nights. The Atomic burger is out of this world.

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Their wooden deck will be a prime seat this week to enjoy a light meal and spot cruising classic cars. Salads, soups and sandwiches are their specialty!

Asian Garden Restaurant

If you’re looking to spice things up and go for Asian cuisine, this restaurant has a ton of window seating to enjoy dinner, and a show of classic Hot August Nights cars.

(Restaurants selected on Yelp)

Reno Chef Mark Estee Wins Guy’s Grocery Games and Donates Thousands of Dollars to Local Nonprofits

Continuing to bring notoriety to Reno and the local food culture, chef-owner and restaurateur, Mark Estee won Guy’s Grocery Games on the Food Network, bringing home $10,500 for three nonprofit organizations.

“I competed for Reno and am thrilled this platform provided an opportunity to support causes I believe in,” Estee said. “I see these organizations working tirelessly in our community and can attest to the positive impact they have had.”

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Estee will split winnings equally and distribute among the Northern Nevada Food Bank, the Green House Project and Urban Roots.

The show titled “Marshmallow Madness” aired Sunday, June 22. Three rounds of challenges included a Red Light Special where chefs incorporated marshmallows into their hearty lunch, Guys Grocery List where chefs created a taco night, and a last round where the final two chefs created a family favorite out of One Ingredient Per Aisle. Estee’s mouthwatering (and risky) lamb dish paired perfectly with his speedy shopping skills, making him a competition standout.

This is the second time in four years Estee has appeared on a Guy Fieri show, both of which aired on Food Network. Estee and Fieri first met when Estee’s Burge Me! was featured on Diners Drive-In’s and Dives. Later, Fieri ranked the Italian Stallion burger among the top 10 in the country.

About Mark Estee:

Mark Estee is driven by a love for authentic ingredients that create true connections between land, farmer, food and diner. Whether it is hand-choosing his restaurant’s produce or meat from a local farm or developing new dishes based on his “Whole Hog Philosophy,” Estee believes in building full-flavored food using every portion of every ingredient.

Estee’s reputation for supporting local farmers and food suppliers is ingrained into each restaurant concept and used as an example within the slow food movement. He is often heard asking, “Do you know where your food comes from?” He is a staple among the food community and his business practices are recognized as progressive, thoughtful and direct.

Where to Dine with Dad this Father’s Day

We all know that it’s a tradition to take Mom out on Mother’s Day, but hey, Dads like to be wined and dined too! So this Father’s Day instead of making Dad grill outdoors take him to one of Reno’s great restaurant options that might cater to a more “manly” palette!

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Men Wielding Fire

With a name like Men Wielding Fire you know that Dad is going to feel right at home! Well known for their tasty ribs and pulled pork barbecue, they also have delicious prime rib, salmon and chicken and some great side options. There’s even fried peanut butter sandwiches for the young set!

180 E. First St.Reno, NV 89501

775-324-3473

Father’s Day hours are 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Santa Fe Basque

For a different but great dining experience head to Santa Fe Basque where you sit at family-style tables while Basque specialties like lamb stew, paella, oxtail stew and Santa Fe chicken are served. Of course, you can order a great steak or seafood here as well! The dessert offerings include Gateau Basque, flan and bread pudding. So sit down to a family table and enjoy a unique dining experience in a restaurant that has been pleasing customers for more than 50 years!

235 N. Lake St.

Reno, NV 89501

775-323-1891

Open Father’s Day 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Washoe Steakhouse

Does nothing please Dad more than a great steak? If so, then the Washoe Steakhouse may just be the perfect place for your Father’s Day dinner. Washoe prides itself on offering only the freshest local ingredients, and along with a great selection of steaks they also have an array of excellent seafood, pasta and burger options! They also have an extensive wine list and offer some great beers as well – and don’t forget dessert! You can enjoy all of this from a spacious dining room that offers superb views of the nearby mountains.

4201 W. 4th St.

Reno, NV 89523

775-786-1323

Father’s Day dinner service begins at 5 p.m.

Famous Dave’s

When you think about great ribs Famous Dave’s has to be near the top of the list – after all, they won the prestigious Best in the West Rib Cook-Off in 2013! The St. Louis-style ribs are their signature entrée, but the brisket, rib tips and barbeque chicken are equally tasty! There is a great steak available as well, and after adding some scrumptious sides just be sure to save room for some of their amazing homemade desserts!

4925 Kietzke Lane

Reno, NV 89509

775-826-7427

Father’s Day hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Great Basin Brewing Company

Is Dad a connoisseur of beer as well as a great meal? Then a trip to Great Basin is a must! With nearly twenty custom beers available, including some with names like Icky IPA, Bitchin’ Berry and Outlaw Milk Stout, there’s enough to please any palate. Oh, and the food’s pretty darn good too! They feature a very diverse menu with such staples as great burgers, sandwiches and some lees common fare such as shepherds pie and salmon tacos with fresh mango salsa. But the stars of the menu are the custom pizzas, and you can create your own with a selection of more than twenty toppings and custom sauces. With locations in both Sparks and Reno it’s an easy drive for a great Father’s Day dinner!

Reno

5525 S. Virginia St.

Reno, NV 89502

775-284-7711

Sparks

846 Victorian Ave.

Sparks, NV 89431

775-335-7711

Father’s Day hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Gilley’s at the Nugget Grand Opening – June 12

Grab your dancing boots – the wait is over!

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Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall at Bar-B-Que, the brand new, upscale western-themed food and entertainment venue, is set to open this week at the Nugget on Thursday, June 12, 2014!

Gilley’s will offer a unique combination of total entertainment, including a restaurant, nightclub, live entertainment, DJs, those charming Gilley Girls and more. Dancing, two-stepping and boot-scooting will take center stage on the dance floor, and world-class barbecue including steaks, pork, and chicken will be cooking in the kitchen – following in the rich tradition of the annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off.

Gilley’s will feature a full entertainment line-up every week!

  • Llive music Thursdays through Saturdays
  • Bikini Bull Riding on Sunday nights
  • Locals’ Night on Mondays
  • Classic Rock Tuesdays
  • Toughest Cowboy Competition every Wednesday during Ladies’ Night.

Daring riders can showcase their rodeo skills on the mechanical bull every night of the week.

In addition to fun nightlife, the western-themed venue will feature savory barbecue with a phenomenal line-up of authentic smoked items from their smoker and wood fired broiler.

But the fun doesn’t stop there! The Gilley’s Trading Post features the top brand name western wear, including Justin boots and belts, Scully outerwear, Tony Lama belts, along with fun logo wear and more.

For more information, please visit janugget.com.

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CHEZ LOUIE COMBINES CUISINE WITH CULTURE FOR SUMMER DINING AT THE NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART

New Executive Chef pairs fresh produce, perfect weather and exciting new exhibits for a season of fine dining for the whole family

chez louie, located inside the Nevada Museum of Art, serves up a chic eating experience peppered with French-inspired comfort food that’s sure to send taste buds soaring. The contemporary Nevada Museum of Art architecture, world-renowned artwork and new Executive Chef Shakka Moore’s award-winning culinary creations combine to form a laissez faire feeling that’s perfect for everything from Sunday Music Brunch to Thursday night dinners.

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Below are events patrons can enjoy weekly throughout the summer:

Shakka Moore Takes Over the Kitchen

After five years at the helm of the Grove, south Reno’s premier events venue, Shakka Moore has been named executive chef for chez louie. As a fellow Hyatt alumnus, Moore has a passion for fresh, local food, mirroring that of Mark Estee, the eatery’s owner, who also spent many years with the prominent hotel chain. Like Estee, Moore brings an air of creativity and fun to the restaurant with original, seasonal dishes that change frequently.

Patio Dining

The best thing to do on one of Reno’s 300 days of sunshine is sit outside and enjoy a great meal. chez louie offers a large outdoor seating area for diners to take in the sites while taking in one of the restaurant’s delicious dishes. Sample the soup of the moment from a selection of tables with oversized umbrellas or partake in the Parisian gnocchi with crispy prosciutto and spring vegetable ragout.  Start with handcrafted cocktails and baked brie or skip straight to dessert with caramel budino or chocolate cake. Whatever the selection, it’s sure to be better when enjoyed with a side of Sierra Nevada views.

Sunday Music Brunch

Reno is ready for a fresh take on Sunday brunch. Visit chez louie and the Nevada Museum of Art between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. each Sunday to enjoy live music and a classic brunch menu with a seasonal, artistic twist. There isn’t a bad seat in the house when the band plays from the center of the restaurant, complemented by Prosecco and bloody Mary bars for diners to indulge in. Reservations are not required but may be made at 775-284-2921.

Thursday Night Dinners

For an experience unlike any other in town, chez louie offers Thursday Night Dinners starting at 4 p.m. Executive Chef Shakka Moore crafts a perfect combination of dishes for a chalkboard menu of seasonal specials available for one night only. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind dining experience that makes for the perfect date night. Reservations are not required but may be made at 775-284-2921.

Hands ON! Second Saturday

Grab the kids and head downtown to enjoy the Museum’s free Hands ON! Second Saturday. Held on the second Saturday of each month, Hands ON! Second Saturday features hands-on art projects and storytelling, performances and museum tours. This month’s event features the Art of Mexico and begins at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 10.

Pop Up Dinners and Wine Dinners

Executive Chef Moore’s creativity shines with the opportunity to turn food into art during chez louie’s Pop-Up Dinners and special occasion Wine Dinners. Keep an eye out for special dinners correlating with top museum exhibits including this summer’s “Picturing Mexico: Alfredo Ramos Martínez” exhibition that is paired with Spanish Wine, tapas and more. Visit www.NevadaArt.org for complete details.

For more information on chez louie visit www.chez-louie.com

Mother’s Day Dining. Feed the Mom, Love the Mom!

Mom will get a taste of how much she means to you after dining at one of the many Mother’s Day hotspots in Reno Tahoe!

Atlantis – The Gourmet Brunch Extravaganza in the elegant Grand Ballroom is sure to be a delicious and fun meal. The buffet opens at 9am and lasts until 2pm. This delicious buffet for adults is $43.95. The meal for children (ages 4 – 10) costs $16.95. Other restaurants in the Atlantis are having Mother’s Day specials as well. Click here to check them out!Mothers Day Dining

Chez Louie – One of Reno’s elite gourmet options, Chez Louie will have it all for a delicious Mother’s Day brunch. The most expensive entree is steak and eggs for $18. There are so many more options though including almost every breakfast food you can think of and a make your own omelet station!

Eldorado - The Buffet at the Eldorado is pulling out all the stops to pamper moms this Mother’s Day. From traditional brunch favorites to special savory dishes, the wide variety of flavors is sure to make mom feel special.

Harrah’s – Hash House a Go Go is having a Mother’s Day special for brunch and lunch on May 11 which will include specialty items like Margie’s famous crab cake benedict and Sally’s wild child pancakes! Reservations are being accepted for 7am-9am and from 2pm-5pm. All other times will be first come first served.

JA Nugget – Enjoy Mother’s Day dining on May 11 at JA Nugget. JA Nugget will offer a special Mother’s Day buffet in the Rose Ballroom and the Rotisserie Buffet, along with special menus in The Steakhouse Grill and Rosie’s Café. The Mother’s Day Brunch menu in the Rose Ballroom and the Rotisserie Buffet features six stations: appetizer station, omelet station, waffle station, a carving station, an entree station, and of course a dessert station! Brunch is served in the Rose Ballroom from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and in the Rotisserie Buffet from 8:30am – 2pm for $19.95 per adult and $12.95 per child ages 5-11.

Also at the JA Nugget, there will be a three-course Mother’s Day special at Rosie’s Cafe from 11am-11pm. Meals are just $10.95 per person, $6.95 for children ages 5-11.

The Steakhouse Grill at the Nugget will feature a special three-course Mother’s Day Dinner Menu starting with your choice of Minted Spring Pea Soup or Caesar Salad.  Then enjoy Roasted Beef Prime Rib or Cornish Game Hen. For dessert, enjoy Strawberry Rum Baba.  Dinner is served from 3:00pm to 8:00pm for $35.00 per person.

Peppermill – The Bimini Steakhouse is offering Mother’s Day dining on Sunday from 5:30pm to 9pm. The meal includes iceberg salad, white bean soup, halibut, filet mignon, and more! The meal costs $49 per person, $64 with wine pairings.

Also at the Peppermill, Romanza is having a special Mother’s Day dinner Sunday evening from 5:30pm to 9pm. This meal includes pea soup, arugula salad, a filet of beef, and cake! Again, $49 or $64 per person.

And if you want to take mom to the Peppermill for brunch earlier that day, Biscotti’s is having a brunch Toscana from 9am to 3pm. The buffet includes way too many items to include in this post, but if you can imagine it, it’s probably there! The buffet for adults is $38.95 and children pay $15.95.

Silver Legacy – Sterling’s Seafood Steakhouse, recently named as one of Reno’s “best restaurants” by movoto.com, will be having an epic Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch! Treat mom to an exceptional meal from 8:30 am to 2 pm   $40 for adults, and children ages 6 to 12 will cost $20.

Brunch will also be served at the Silver Baron from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adults $25.99. Children ages 4 to 10 $12.99.

Western Village – The Western Village Steakhouse in Sparks will be feeding Mothers and their families from 4:30pm until the last person leaves. Their menu includes choice of choice of cream of asparagus soup or baby field greens, and then a choice of steak or lobster, all ending with delicious angel food cake! All this for $34 per person or  $44 with wine pairings.

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New AUTHENTIC IRISH PUB AND TEXAS STYLE BARBEQUE Restaurants Now Open in Sparks

CBQ and O’Cleary’s Irish Pub Are Now Open at The Outlets at Sparks!

Dining options in Sparks have expanded with the opening of CBQ (Cowboy Bar & Que) and O’Cleary’s Irish Pub April 24 at The Outlets at Sparks.

CBQ is a family-friendly casual dining restaurant that creates an authentic Kansas City and Texas style barbecue experience. Baby back ribs, pulled pork, beef ribs, grilled sausages, wild salmon and southwest offerings are the foundation of the restaurant. Meats are smoked up to eight hours over hickory wood, which burns slower and provides a touch of sweetness with a fresh hickory flavor. Dishes are enhanced with an array of signature homemade sauces—Cowboy BBQ,  Spicy BBQ, Carolina Mustard and Sweet Baby Mike’s. CBQ will host live entertainment, featuring popular local and regional bands each weekend.

O’Cleary’s is focused on being the Reno-Sparks area’s choice for a traditional Irish pub experience featuring Irish specialties and gastropub style cuisine with more than 40 craft beers, a large selection of Irish whiskeys and single malt scotch. The concept is designed to capture the social gathering tradition and experience found at Irish pubs. The pub will have sports viewing with more than 20 large screen televisions, six lanes of bowling, billiards and darts. Customers will find traditional favorites merged with contemporary comfort foods like fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage and bangers and mashed, and new favorites including Irish lamb pasties and curry potato and hickory-smoked bacon pizza.

Both venues will be joined by a covered outside dining area, The Patio, where small bites and favorite drinks will be available along with acoustic music on select nights.

The restaurants will also accommodate corporate events, social gatherings and special occasion parties for up to 1,000 guests with a customized banquet menu.