It never gets old when a new business opens, even in a center as full of shops, restaurants and entertainment as Belmar.
Which explains why neighbors, and families and friends of the staff, were eager to participate in the VIP happy hour event at …
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Which explains why neighbors, and families and friends of the staff, were eager to participate in the VIP happy hour event at the new Bar Louie on the early evening of July 31.
“This is a chance for our wait and kitchen staff to get in some practice before opening,” said Wes Stover, a bartender at the restaurant. “We got to invite people we know to come see what we’re doing here. It’s fun to finally see people walking through the door.”
Bar Louie, 7111 W. Alaska Drive, officially opened the following day, on Aug. 1, with a ribbon-cutting and other fanfare. But the VIP event gave diners a chance to see what the restaurant would bring to the area — a variety of drinks and delicious food, music and welcoming atmosphere.
“We’re a bar first — we do great martinis, margaritas and other cocktails,” general manager Shane Marks said. “But we also do great food, especially burgers. We’re a place for everyone.”
The restaurant was alive with the bustle of staff catching up with friends and family, taking orders for Bavarian pretzel sticks, blackened salmon flatbreads and bourbon burgers.
“I’m here just to get to know the place better,” said Lyliana Thompson, who lives just 15 minutes away from Bar Louie. “I was invited by my friends to come tonight and think it’s a great option for the area.”
Some of the special things Bar Louie brings to the area are a kitchen that’s open until 2 a.m., “Five-Dollar Burger Night” on Tuesdays and live music on Fridays. It also features 20 beers on tap and 32 signature cocktails with happy hours throughout the week.
“We do not think of ourselves as a chain place — we become local and encourage individuality,” Marks said, in between greeting every person as he or she walked in the door. “Everyone, from our staff to customers, are encouraged to be themselves here.”
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