The Black Rabbit (https://blackrabbitsav.com), which is named for the public art on the building’s garage door, opened recently at 1215 Barnard St.
I dropped by the new café and bar Saturday evening and found myself enchanted by the whole place.
The Black Rabbit has a simple layout – a cozy bar on one side, a brighter area with limited seating on the other side and a kitchen in between. There is a small courtyard in back.
I started with the specialty cocktail Grandpa’s Kisses ($8), a sweet mix of bourbon, Scotch, apple brandy and honey.
The limited food menu includes six sandwiches and one soup, plus several sides and desserts, but the simplicity is deceptive.
Patrick Zimmerman, one of the partners at The Black Rabbit, was formerly a key player at both Butterhead Greens, which closed earlier this year, and Betty Bombers All-American Eatery, which is still going strong inside the American Legion Post #135.
Zimmerman knows good food. I ordered half a smoked turkey sandwich with pepper jelly and Havarti on sourdough ($5), half a corned beef and Swiss sandwich on rye ($5) and a small side of German potato salad ($1).
After such an excellent first trip, I will be headed back soon to try the other sandwiches.
The Black Rabbit is open from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Lunchtime hours might be added soon.
The Black Rabbit is in the Victorian neighborhood, which needed a neighborhood bar and restaurant like this one, and is also close to areas of active investment. SCAD’s Henry Hall should also provide a steady flow of customers, as it does for Sandfly BBQ.
After enjoying our meal at The Black Rabbit, a friend and I headed to Lone Wolf Lounge, 2429 Lincoln St. at the corner of E. 41st St.
A huge hit since opening its doors last month, Lone Wolf serves everything from cheap beer to fine cocktails. Overnight, the bar created a vital new gathering spot for residents of nearby neighborhoods, including Thomas Square, Baldwin Park and Ardsley Park.
As property values have increased and short-term vacation rentals have proliferated, many younger adults – such as college students and service industry workers – have been priced out of the Historic District, which has fueled demographic changes in neighborhoods on the fringes of downtown.
And longtime area residents have always wanted more hangouts.
Lone Wolf seems perfectly poised to take advantage of these trends.
The bar (https://www.facebook.com/LoneWolfLounge) is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
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