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Friday, July 24 was National Tequila Day. The history of how the “holiday” came to be is a bit clouded, just as tequila affects the decision-making capabilities of its consumers. My guess is that some third- or fourth-ranked tequila brand’s marketing department thought they could increase sales by inventing a holiday. So how did I celebrate National Tequila Day. By going to a bar that doesn’t serve liquor. The Silver Dollar Bar & Grill opened not long ago with little fanfare. In fact, the grand opening celebration actually happens in August. Owners Tim and Sherry Keck used to own a bar on Clinton Highway near Claxton by the same name. For years, they had their eye on the new building but just couldn’t get the owners to sell it to them. That is, until one day when they came across an ad for the sale of the building on Craigslist. Located across from Chilhowee RV Center on Alcoa Highway, Silver Dollar Bar and Grill is housed inside an old BP gas station connected to a restaurant. The address is technically Louisville but it is actually close to Alcoa. I discovered the bar after dropping off a friend at the airport a few days prior to my visit. When I returned on Friday night to do the review, I found the glowing green lights from the gas pump roofs were visible from some distance. No illuminated signage was visible on the outside of the building, however. I pulled in and found a spot in the back of the large parking lot. The gas pumps had been removed and new parking spaces had been painted all over the lot. The noise was substantial as I got out of my car from the cars whizzing past and occasional airplane landing or departing. Here are two huge advantages that Silver Dollar Bar & Grill has: 1. ) They are located on the busiest stretch of road of any bar I have ever covered. ) They have an airport and very few houses located within earshot, meaning they can be as loud inside or outside as they wish. When I walked in the front door I saw Charlie, a Santa Claus-looking fellow that I had met running the door at Throttle Down, a biker bar in Oak Ridge. Charlie took a second but then recognized me and warmly shook my hand to greet me. Despite his recollection he still said, “ID please. ” Good ol’ Charlie, never letting anything slip through the cracks. He put my ID into an electronic scanner. It was an ID Wedge Pro, I later discovered. I liked this idea. I liked it a lot. The band Kudzu happened to be. Source: www.knoxnews.com
This will not be your grandfather's Avenue Bar, or will it. When the Avenue Bar reopens at the end of August, it will have a vastly updated look and a more modern menu. And it will be known as Avenue Club and the Bubble Up Bar. The Avenue Club part of it will "hold true to more of the Wisconsin Supper Club tradition -- and I would like to say -- with a little more refinement," said Joey Connaughty, a managing partner in Food Fight Restaurant Group. Food Fight bought the longstanding restaurant at 1128 E Washington Ave. , in 2011, and made some initial improvements in 2013, promising more later. The Avenue closed in late May for a total overhaul. Connaughty, who collaborated with Food Fight partners Monty Schiro and Caitlin Suemnicht on the Avenue's new atmosphere and design, said there is no reopening date yet, but they are anticipating it should be open by the end of August. Inside, they wanted to pay homage to the Avenue Bar when it was first opened. To that end, there will be a lot of mid-century modern touches including a vintage tear-drop shaped fireplace in the main dining room. The restaurant will also sport Eames chairs, and low sofa-like seating. While there was already some fieldstone on the wall in the bar, they are adding more for some drama, Connaughty said. "It will look very true to the era," she said. "We really loved that look and we're sort of expanding on that. The enormous main dining room is being broken up with a loungey area in the back corner that leads into a smaller bar, which will "add some activity," Connaughty said. The front of the main dining room will have some larger couch-like seating with tables and curtains in between. A huge double-sided banquette will run down the center of the room with tables and chairs on both sides. Food Fight put in some booths in the main dining room when they did the original renovation two years ago. This time, they're adding a lot more, including some round booths along the back for parties of four or six. "We are breaking up that space into smaller seating sections so it feels very purposeful," Connaughty said. The original bar is staying, but is getting a brand new zebrawood top and vinyl upholstery in front. "We of course love the footprint of that really large, curvy bar," said Connaughty, who is a managing partner in all of the East Side Food Fight restaurants, including Monty's Blue Plate,. Source: host.madison.com
½ On the edge of Chinatown, this restaurant from chef Matt Jennings (Farmstead, Formaggio) is helmed by a hospitality dream team. It’s a sparkling space of many moods, from the dim bar-lounge area to the crudo bar to the dining room, where red Windsor chairs serve as shorthand: Townsman shellacs New England tradition into something modern and bright. You’ll find clam chowder sprinkled with crisp chips of dehydrated squid ink, Casco Bay mussels swimming in curry broth with Thai sausage or chorizo verde, plateaux of shellfish and charcuterie (pictured), and an Amish farm hen experiencing... Dishes are confident, competent, and sometimes inspired. They don’t all stand out equally, but the restaurant is a polished package. D’Amelio’s Off the Boat was a gem in East Boston, a tiny restaurant that started off as a takeout joint, beloved by locals. In April, owners Antonietta and Joseph D’Amelio relocated to Revere. The new restaurant offers room to spread out, with a bar and several dining areas. The decor is polished, but the atmosphere is still relaxed and friendly. Come here for heaping platters of seafood and Italian fare. Don’t miss the fusilli Marchi — handmade pasta, curly as giftwrapping ribbon, in a delicate lobster sauce with shrimp, crab meat, and. lobster tails. Pictured: Lobster Giuseppi. The Barking Crab turns 21 this year, finally legal drinking age. That’s fitting for a place that can seem more like a beer garden with seafood than a seafood restaurant. But the Barking Crab has been making changes — tweaking the menu, expanding the patio, adding a new red-and-yellow-striped tent. It still feels like an outdoor seafood shack, but everything is just better enough to make it worth a visit. And the location, right on Fort Point Channel, has always been hard to beat. Nibbling peel-and-eat shrimp, inhaling rich seafood casserole, and sipping a cold(ish) Barking Crab white ale from Harpoon, you will wonder why you haven’t been taking lunch breaks here all along. There is enough female skin on display at STRIP by Strega that the name at first seems to reference both a cut of steak and the removal of clothing. But that is missing the real double entendre. This is the most Vegas spot in all of Boston. One of the newest installments in restaurateur Nick Varano’s growing empire, STRIP can feel more like a club than a. Source: www.bostonglobe.com
Bar President Ramon Abadin appointed Cynthia Johnson-Stacks to serve as chair of the 2015-16 Florida Bar board of legal specialization and education. The Bar certifies Florida lawyers in 24 areas of expertise through board committees. A 25th area
The bar has a bunch of dart boards, I believe at least seven and a few pool tables, all located away from the stage area. Near the stage there was a four-top table set up with four beers on the table and all the chairs tilted up so no one would sit
Inside, they wanted to pay homage to the Avenue Bar when it was first opened. To that end, there will be a lot of mid-century modern touches including a vintage tear-drop shaped fireplace in the main dining room. The restaurant will also sport Eames
Bar patios, decks and beer gardens have come a long way from just a few tables, chairs and umbrellas. Some are so big they double the size of the bar. Others are hidden gems. They come with their own summer drink menus, ambitious band schedules,
A Miami-Dade assistant county attorney has been tapped to lead the Florida Bar board that handles board certification, continuing legal education accreditation and compliance programs. Bar President Ramon Abadin appointed Cynthia Johnson-Stacks to serve as ...
and in Milan she was recently shortlisted for the Design Report Award from a jury that included the curator of contemporary furniture in the V&A. She also works on set design with the New Theatre in Temple Bar and the production of A Portrait of an Artist ...
Joey Kosior sits on a bar stool as a Bob Seger classic pours out of the speaker overhead and checks off a list of maladies: an unhealthy heart. Liver problems. Being blinded in an automobile accident 40 years ago. That’s the big one. “They call me ...
Wilkommen im Chairs. Ziel unseres Bornheimer Stadtteillokals ist es, Ihnen einen schönen Abend in angenehmer und lockerer Atmosphäre auf Designerstühlen ...