Andy Minchow, known for his cocktail prowess at Holeman & Finch, is opening a restaurant and bar the first week in March. Ration & Dram will focus on Southern-style international cuisine made with local ingredients. With the exception of seafood, all of the food will be sourced within a 180-mile radius.
Located at 130 Arizona Avenue, near one of the largest soccer fields in the city, Ration & Dram will be a family-friendly establishment—at least until 9 p.m. On weekends, it will serve coffee, biscuits, and bagels in a grab-and-go format starting at 9 a.m., allowing parents and coaches to eat on their way to their child’s game. Starting at 11 a.m., a sit-down brunch will be served, including select family-style items. Children can enjoy a juice bar and house-made sodas. Adults can indulge with brunch entrees that include a beer—such as a Scotch egg with Donnybrook Irish Dry Stout. Once a month, Ration & Dram will host a “Cookies and Cocktails” class, in which children learn to make cookies or cupcakes in one room, while adults practice mixology upstairs.
Hudson Rouse, whose resume includes Octopus Bar, One Eared Stag, and the Wrecking Bar Pub, as well as farming, will lead the kitchen staff. His dinner menu includes sautéed chicken livers with arugula, a soft-boiled egg, and balsamic reduction; griddled pork loin with roasted Brussels sprouts and sweet potato gratin; and a vegan pita pocket with soy vinaigrette. Diners can also order family-style dishes such as a whole roasted chicken.
Minchow, who heads the bar program, has designed a cocktail list with five classics and five or six original drinks, including lighter options for brunch and “more aggressive” choices for the evening. Ration & Dram will have about sixty types of wine available by the bottle, as well as draft beer (cider, stout, porter, IPA, and more) on tap. Due to lack of space, only large format specialty bottles of beer will be available—no twelve-ounce sizes.
Ration & Dram features a modern-industrial look with butcher block high-top tables, glass insulator-based chandeliers, and old Americana on the walls. There are three patios, a bar on the upstairs deck, and garage doors downstairs.
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