March 6, 2014

Westport Ale House opens Friday in former Streetside Records building

It will offer American beers and beer cocktails and an upscale sports bar menu, including Maryland crab tater tots and Tank 7 Donuts. A rooftop deck is scheduled to open this summer.

Just a week after a new locally owned champagne bar opened in Westport, a new locally owned restaurant and sports lounge is joining it.

Westport Ale House is scheduled to open at 4 p.m. Friday in the former Streetside Records building at 4128 Broadway.

Zach Marten and Bret Springs, owners of the Coal Vines pizza and wine bar on the Country Club Plaza, liked the building’s 1950s architecture, its high-profile location along Broadway and its proximity to Port Fonda, a contemporary Mexican food and Mexican drinks venue.

Since they signed a lease last summer, other locally owned venues also have signed on nearby. Ça Va, a champagne bar, had a soft opening Friday at 4149 Pennsylvania Ave. Julep, a bar that will specialize in whiskey cocktails, plans an April opening at 4141 Pennsylvania, Suite 104.

Marten and Springs also liked the size of the Streetside building — 5,000 square feet for the restaurant and sports lounge, along with 5,000 square feet on the bottom level for a kitchen, offices and storage — a rare commodity in Westport.

“We are happy to have our own concept in Westport, and I think we are bringing something new and needed — 20-plus televisions, the rooftop, the sports lounge concept,” Marten said.

Westport Ale House will specialize in American beers and beer cocktails and offer an upscale sports bar menu. The menu includes Maryland crab tater tots, specialty hamburgers (including one with pecan-smoked bacon, smoked Gouda and stout barbecue sauce), beer brats, Hawaiian hot dogs (cheddar jalapeno brat, pineapple and beerkraut on a jalapeno cheddar pretzel bun) and the California chicken sandwich (grilled chicken breast, Monterey Jack cheese, chipotle salsita, avocado, lettuce, tomato, red onion and mayonnaise).

It will have a fried chicken special on Sundays, a prime rib special on Mondays and half-price wings on Tuesdays.

Desserts will be Tank 7 Donuts (doughnut holes, vanilla bean ice cream and house-cured bacon, topped with a Boulevard Pale Ale caramel glaze) and an apple bourbon pie.

It also will offer “punches and beer concoctions” including the Harvey Weissbanger (Boulevard wheat beer, Frangelico and orange juice) and the Westport Picante (Goose Island 312 urban wheat ale, Effen Cucumber Vodka, peach habanero puree and fresh lime juice).

The Ale House will have more than 40 canned beers — from Tallgrass Brewing Co. to Hamms Brewing Co. — and 20 beers on tap, including a 25th anniversary ESB by Goose Island Beer Co. of Chicago and a cider by Crispin Cider Co. of Colfax, Calif.

A central rectangular bar dominates the room. There also are two cozy 13-foot sofas in the lounge area, or customers can be in the middle of the action at one of the community tables in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows along Broadway. The windows will open to the outdoor patio during warmer weather.

The partners also plan to put in a rooftop deck this summer.

After Friday afternoon’s opening, hours will be 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday.

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