Brad Moore and Ryan Rouse have joined forces with the newly-enhanced Treadsack restaurant group to take over the former Boom Boom Room space at 2518 Yale from building owner Jackie Harris. Johnny’s Gold Brick will be the name of the new bar.
Treadsack principal Chris Cusack, (pictured second from left) whose group includes Down House in the Heights and Brooke Smith ice house D&T Drive Inn, says that he hopes Johnny’s Gold Brick will be the sort of place where you can get “decently-made cocktails, but also a shot and a beer, and be totally accessible and easy to be in.”
Leslie Ross (pictured second from right), who earlier this year competed for title of America’s Most Imaginative Bartender in Las Vegas, left Triniti Restaurant’s Sanctuari Bar to join forces with Treadsack earlier this month and will be heading up bar operations.
The JGB crew believes that America’s fancypants cocktail bubble has popped to a certain extent, and avow that JGB customers will not be cocktail-shamed: “If you want a rum and Coke or a vodka-cranberry that’s fine,” Ross says. “Nobody should feel that they are ordering isn’t good enough.”
Moore, at right above, says that the bar will have an “organized involvement with the community.” Cusack elaborates: “We thought it would be a great idea if we could price drinks that we were proud of serving in the single digits, then we could tack on a dollar for Heights organizations, like schools and Opera in the Heights.”
Moore has an ownership stake in downtown bars Moving Sidewalk, The Honeymoon, Bad News Bar, and OKRA Charity Saloon, as well as Grand Prize Bar in the Museum District, Big Star Bar in Shady Acres, and North Main tiki lounge Lei Low.
In addition to Down House and D&W, Cusack’s Treadsack group has three restaurants — Hunky Dory, Foreign Correspondents, and the recently-announced Bernadine’s — in the pipeline, but this is the first time that Ross, Cusack and Moore have all worked together. D&T chef Benjy Mason (at left above) rounds out JGB’s ownership group.
- Previously on Swamplot: Sunset Heights Wine Bar The Boom Boom Room Will Close Forever This Friday; Drinkin’ and Eatin’ Beneath the Trees in the Heights
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