In June, the Dish Bistro
at 20th and Grant streets switched gears and reopened as Jonesy's EatBar
. The refabbed spot, owned by Leigh Jones
, capitalizes on one of the biggest trends in dining: the gastropub. Jonesy's, and other gastropubs such as The Spotted Pig
in Manhattan, are bustling public houses that serve restaurant-quality eats in addition to an extensive list of wine and beer.
When I visited Jonesy's last week, it was indeed bustling with patrons. Over glasses of wine (half-off during happy hour), I looked on enviously as plates towering with food were whisked to other tables. Before long, the dishes--lamby joe sliders, a mixed green salad, oven-roasted chicken, and a split order of mac-and-cheese and buffalo fries--were coming my way. The sliders were decadent and cozy (and a holdover from the Dish), while the salad refreshed our palates in time for the herby, crisp-skinned chicken. The spuds, though, stole the show. Gooey cheese and bacon covered the mac-and-cheese fries, and blue cheese and Frank's Hot Sauce doused the buffalo. It won't be long before we'll need another hit of those. Bonus:
Stop by during happy hour (Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) for $5 specialty cocktails, and half-off wine, well cocktails, and select beers. 400 E 20th Ave., 303-863-7473 --AMF