According to the Chicago Tribune, gastropubs began in the early 1990s in London, “when young chefs began buying old pubs and serving elevated fare designed to go with the beer.” The movement gained notoriety in the U.S. when The Spotted Pig opened in New York City in 2004 and earned a Michelin star in the New York edition of the esteemed travel guide, according to the Tribune. Now, you can open your own!
Bar 145 is a gastropub, specializing in “Burgers, Bands, and Bourbon” – where customers enjoy the relaxed, welcoming atmosphere of a neighborhood bar along with inspired cuisine that’s prepared as well as the best restaurants. Twenty different bourbons and an assortment of beers and wines complement the menu. Bar 145 also offers live entertainment six nights a week ranging from acoustic and dueling pianos to full bands from across the country. Bar 145 is unique in this niche because of its positioning as a “hybrid 21st-century gastropub” – it not only offers the highest-quality food in a pub atmosphere, but adds the element of live entertainment to further enhance its customer base.
Bar 145’s tag line is “Red Chucks, White China,” emphasizing its culture clash of serving all food on white china while employees sport red Chuck Taylor tennis shoes. Utilizing local farmers and purchasing fresh products daily allows Bar 145 to offer customers an array of exclusive dishes. With the option to “stack your own,” customers are also given the opportunity to create a burger or sandwich from 12 artisan cheeses, 21 house-made sauces and 24 toppings ranging from vine-ripe tomatoes to in-house cured bacon.
Bar 145’s name is derived from what is considered to be the temperature of a perfectly cooked medium-rare burger, with a warm, pink center and slightly crispy outside.
According to the National Restaurant Association’s 2012 Restaurant Industry Forecast, total restaurant industry sales are expected to reach a record high of $632 billion in 2012, a 3.5 percent increase over 2011.
According to the National Restaurant Association, “opportunities are… present for operators to be successful by understanding and leveraging consumer trends to attract new guests and make current ones come back.” Two out of five consumers say they are not using restaurants as often as they would like, according to the report.
Bar 145, which first opened in Toledo, Ohio in May 2011, is a result of the inspiration of 30-year-old Jeremy Fitzgerald, whose family has a successful history in the hospitality industry. For info on how to open your own Bar 145, visit www.bar-145.com or call 419-410-6667.