But owner Todd Dorman invited me to attend a soft opening Wednesday night for a handful of media guests and other community members. Much like my visit to the newly opened Tucanos Brazilian Grill last week, my fellow guests and I were essentially serving as warm bodies on which to help the staff train and work out the final kinks.
I'll hold off making any critical comments on the food until an appropriate amount of time has passed and our food team returns for a formal review, given to almost all new indie openings in town.
Also on tap: Firestone Walker's Union Jack IPA; and in bottles, that same brewery's excellent DBA double barrel ale.
I confess that I hadn't visited the location prior to last night, when it was Sharkey's, Porky's or Oscar's East. So I can't compare and contrast the new decor with the prior. But Dorman did give me a quick spin around the property, pointing out the new dining room addition, expanded kitchen and new front entryway.
Everything's looking sharp, new and bright, with lots of late-day sun pouring into the outdoor, upstairs bar and patio; dining-level patio with fire pits; and into the main dining area at the interior bar. There's plenty of flat-screens for game viewing and of course the five volleyball courts outside for game playing.
If you do happen to be interested in playing volleyball past grabbing a meal or drink, visit the Sand Pits Beach Volleyball area of BooDad's website, here, which outlines the league's structure. Registration deadlines for that are in eight days, on April 20, so get movin'.
Otherwise, Dorman says it is possible to hang out and get into pick-up games with strangers, or to bring enough friends to fill a court at the $20 per hour rate.