An al fresco BeltLine bar is coming to Reynoldstown around Labor Day next year. Alex Brounstein and Johnny Farrow, of Grindhouse Killer Burgers, and real estate mogul Merritt Lancaster have teamed up on a two-story restaurant and bar located at the former home of Stein Steel & Supply. The unnamed concept will be beverage-focused and serve lunch Thursday through Sunday and dinner nightly.
“It’ll be a community place to eat and drink and hang out, similar in vibe to Grindhouse,” Brounstein says.
Due to zoning restrictions, the industrial-style building will be long and narrow with a 40-foot-high shed roof reused from Stein Steel. Though there will be an indoor bar and a few tables inside, the majority of the 150 seats will be outdoors, albeit covered. Expect wood and metal furniture created by local company B10 Union, built-in benches, Adirondacks, and firepits. There’s no established parking in the near vicinity, so the restaurant and bar will rely on foot traffic to bring in business.
The menu is still in the works but will focus on casual eats, including sandwiches, snacks, small plates, and finger food. There may be fried seafood baskets, oysters, a fish sandwich, salads, and cold fried chicken. A full bar will highlight a couple frozen drinks (think frose and something with gin) and a few beers on tap, plus plenty of craft canned varieties. Select wines will be available, too.
Brounstein says he’s playing with the idea of a rotisserie chicken ghost kitchen based in the restaurant. He says that particularly in the cold winter months, this may be necessary to offset the lowered foot traffic.