Pair Re-Opened Downtown

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Remember back in September when we told you the news that Pair had shut down and Red Room Tavern had taken over its space, all in a single day? Well, Pair has spent the last few months recovering from an intense plastic surgery. The swanky martini bar and restaurant finally removed the bandages to reveal a stunning mirror-covered wall, a chandelier and revamped booths.

The joint is now open from 4 p.m. until late, Tuesdays through Saturdays, in the Red Room's old space at 603 W. Main St. While you sip on an assortment of specialty cocktails, you can also slurp down Kumomoto oysters on the half shell ($14) or sample the wild mushroom, caramelized onion and chevre-topped baguette pizzetta ($9). If you need something a little more substantial to line your booze-filled belly, there's the hearty Gorgonzola gnocchi ($17), which features potato gnocchi with veggies in a Gorgonzola cream sauce served in a roasted acorn squash. Hot damn.

In an interesting (and welcome) twist, the new Pair will also serve sushi. The short sushi list is filled with creations like the Oh-Idaho Roll ($9), with smoked Hagerman trout, French fries, cream cheese, scallion and garlic aioli; or the Alaskan Roll ($8.50), with tempura-battered Alaskan salmon, capers, green onions and a dill sour cream.

This New Year's Eve, Pair will offer a special dinner at $75 a head, which includes a bottle of champagne on the table. Make sure to email eatdrinkshare@yahoo.com to book your reservations early, as the new Pair only seats 40 party people.