Saturday, February 13, 2016

New beer bar: Strangelove's

The crew from Memphis Taproom, Local 44 and Resurrection Ale House settles on a name for the new spot in Center City.

New beer bar: Strangelove's


The nuclear family that runs Memphis Taproom, Local 44 and Resurrection Ale House has settled on Strangelove's as the name of its next joint - at 216 S. 11th St. on the former site of Doc Watson's plus a list of short-lived bars.

Partner Leigh Maida said Strangelove's, whose name is reminiscent of but unrelated to the black comedy from the 1960s, will combine all the good things from their other bars, "but in a much bigger (scary big for us!) much more central location (also rather scary for us!)."

Strangelove's, which they're targeting for mid-March, will have two floors, each with a bar. The space also affords Maida, Brendan Hartranft and Brendan Kelly with private party space. They want to add light to the dark interior.

Maida says they're searching for a chef to execute scratch cooking. 

The beer program will mimic Local 44, in West Philly, most heavily. "We'll have 18 drafts and two beer engines. (Same list of 20 upstairs and downstairs - none of that 'Oh, you have to go to the other bar if you want to try that beer.') We all pretty firmly believe that quantity does not equal a quality draft list, so 20 is a perfect number - it allows us to offer something for every taste, without a bunch of superfluous repeat styles OR (worse!) without our having to just put on anything we can get, just to fill a tap. We'll likely have a small bottle list, under 10 for sure, maybe even under five. Other than Orval - which we long ago determined to be the one bottle we won't open a bar without - the bottles will likely rotate seasonally (and as really special selections come our way.)"

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