Friday, July 27, 2018

Streetcar520 announces August opening, previews select menu items

Posted By on Fri, Jul 27, 2018 at 3:21 PM

click to enlarge Streetcar520's new, globally inspired menu will be available to the public starting August 4. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • Streetcar520's new, globally inspired menu will be available to the public starting August 4.
It's been over a year in the works, but at long last, McCabe's Tavern replacement Streetcar520 has an opening date, and it's right around the corner. The beloved south Tejon spot will open in its new incarnation on Saturday, August 4.

"I want to elevate our local food scene in a positive and constructive way that mirrors other progressive, food-driven cities," says owner Ari Howard in a press release. "This section of Tejon Street has great untapped potential, and I want to help fulfill that potential."

She's hired on managing partner Travis Blaney, formerly general manager of Four by Brother Luck, to help with the opening. In the kitchen Howard entrusted her vision to chef Ketil Larsen. He's best known for his 10 years in the kitchen at Phantom Canyon Brewing Company and 12 years at the Club at Flying Horse. Larsen says that the opening menu's all his — Howard asked for something globally inspired, and he put together a globetrotting selection of plates. Bar manager Dak Keeling's developed a selection of craft cocktails, which will be offered alongside a variety of craft beers (plus Coors). Keeling's also formerly of Four by Brother Luck.

The space has undergone a complete renovation. Though the bar's in the same place, it's now covered with marble, lit by an arc of dangling LED bulbs. Gone is the low drop ceiling, and the space reaches to the roof, complete with skylight for a breezy warehouse vibe. Clean walls play canvas for murals by Denver artist Michael Ortiz.

Recently, the Indy and other local media were invited out to a preview night. Check out what we we sampled below.

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