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Berryhill Announces Plan B and Bacon, Sports Bar The Huddle Opens, Mai Thai Gets Izakaya

Downtown braces for a wave of new concepts

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Chef John Berryhill projects that his new lounge, Plan B, should be open in the next week or so, while the adjacent deli space, Bacon, is slated to open its doors at the end of March. For more information, check out the full story on Cobweb.

If fine scotch and fried pork aren't enough to scratch your man-itch, there's a new sports pub that recently opened in the former Sweetwater's Tropic Zone space at 205 N. 10th St. The Huddle is a basic, no-frills sports bar--tons of big screen TVs, 12 beers on tap, including a few microbrews, and a dudely grub menu featuring pub staples like burgers, wings and nachos.

Huddle will have its official grand opening on Friday, March 4, with 2-for-1 drafts from 4 p.m.-close and $2 off apps. The space will open seven days a week at 11 a.m. The pub carries all of the major sports packages on 10 TVs, and owners also plan to install a pool table or foosball tables upstairs.

Popular downtown Asian joint Mai Thai unveiled a new Japanese fusion happy hour menu called Izakaya on March 1.

"The last big thing that came from Japan, gastronomically speaking, was sushi," said barkeep Michael Reed. "But apparently there's another big tradition that's been going on for the last century called Izakaya."

According to Reed, Izakaya refers to a not-quite-bar, not-quite-restaurant where people gather for drinks and small plates after school or work. It's essentially a Japanese version of tapas. Mai Thai's new Izakaya menu is available all the time in the bar and features $3, $5 and $7 small plates, including dishes like beef katsu, miso marinated salmon and eggplant donkaku.

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