A brand new restaurant with an emphasis on good craft beer has officially opened on Memorial Avenue in the Grandin Village neighborhood in Roanoke. 1906 Ale House had a soft opening Thursday night and is hopefully getting its ABC license to sell beer and wine today, said owner Dan Brown.
The restaurant is located at 1910 Memorial Avenue, in the space that formerly housed The Isaacs Mediterranean restaurant. Brown has been managing the Fork trio of restaurants (Fork in the City, Alley, Market) for several years but decided he was ready to strike out on his own. The name of the new place is an homage to the date when Grandin Village was founded.
Brown says he plans to keep about 20 beers on draft at his bar, including at least six Virginia craft beers. Out of the gate, he’ll be offering Wild Wolf Honey Blonde, Big Daddy Darkside Porter, a Devil’s Backbone beer, a Legend Brewery beer and a Starr Hill beer. The rest will be imported draft beers, and customers who go in these first couple of weeks can put a vote in a jar for the beer they’d like to see on one of the taps.
Brown said the beer offerings will be switched out regularly and they also have a wine list that includes a wine from Lake Anna Winery in Spotsylvania.
On the menu are appetizers, salads, burgers and sandwiches ranging from $6 to $10. The sandwiches feature Boar’s Head deli meat and there’s an 8-oz. bison burger made with meat from Hollow Hill Farm in Paint Bank, as well as an 8-oz. short rib burger. Brown said they also have a few steaks on the menu, including a 14-oz. certified Angus rib-eye with Chicago compound butter (that’s a barbecue-spiced butter) and entrees including ale-battered scallops and chips. Entrees range from $16 to $26.
Brown said the kitchen staff at 1906 Ale House is being led by Jason Guilliams, who most recently worked for Jim Schaal Catering of Roanoke.
The kitchen at 1906 Ale House will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 8 p.m. on Sundays. Bar hours will run later, particularly on Friday and Saturday night.
If you go to 1906 Ale House, please leave a comment on this blog entry regarding the food and service. And as always, remember that if you go to a new restaurant during the first couple of weeks, you may be there while they’re still working out the kinks.
1906 Ale House: 540-562-8951.
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