Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Mint, a Bethlehem gastropub

Gastropub = a bar and restaurant that serves high-end beer and food

My bf and I visited The Mint (1223 W. Broad St., Bethlehem) last night. The place is not yet "officially" open, but you can stop in during their soft opening week. The bar was humming when we arrived, and we grabbed two stools next to a guy named Frank, who told me that the rest of his group were regulars at the now-closed Main Street Depot, who'd followed their two favorite bartenders to their new gigs at The Mint.

Owners Domenic Lombardo (of Stefano's and Sweet Basil fame) smartly recruited Pittsburgh native-by-way-of-Arizona Brad Navarra to the Valley to help him open the restaurant/bar/lounge in the former Bank of America building, across the street from Abe's Six Pack shop (a destination for microbrew lovers). Brad is managing the bar and has established the restaurant's extensive domestic microbrew list, designed hand-crafted cocktails and put together the restaurant's wine list, which currently includes primarily Italian and Californian wines by the glass.
The Mint is the only Lehigh Valley restaurant to have Victory's Donnybrook Stout on tap. (The bar hopes to sell enough beer to have its own signature Victory microbrew someday.) Later this month, The Mint will close the restaurant for 25 lucky Victory lovers, for a private Victory pairing night: a four-course meal paired with brews, for $70 a person. They're taking reservations now with a deposit.

Some nuts and bolts to know: The restaurant is open seven days a week for dinner until past midnight, and for lunch every day except Fridays. You'll find plenty of off-street and on-street parking. The patio is dog-friendly and the area that once was the bank's drive-through lane is now a smoking patio which will soon feature a gas fireplace. You'll need a reservation, especially on a weekend night. The menu currently ranges from local favorites - red cabbage pierogies and steak and egg - to gastropub classics like steamers and truffled mac and cheese - to house specialties like a vegetarian chickpea cake dish Dom stole from a friend ("Stolen Recipe"), and smoked trout. The menu will be updated regularly to reflect seasonal items as well as customer tastes.

Here are some pictures of our dinner. The official ribbon cutting is expected to occur next Monday. I wish nothing but the best for The Mint's team! See you again soon.
I couldn't resist the lobster roll with sweet potato fries and wine.Custom napkin rings. The bank theme is subtle and not cheesy.
BF had the signature burger with tater tots and a glass of Victory Summer Love Ale.

6 comments:

  1. Was it good? Was it good?

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  2. A must try this weekend! Thanks for the info!

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  3. Anonymous6/25/2011

    Can't wait to go!

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  4. Anonymous9/01/2011

    Scrumptious food with great service and really nice athmospher. We had a great time. Highly recommended
    Lysbeth

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  5. Anonymous3/23/2012

    PJ 's has the stout too. Other then that, the food is incredible!

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  6. Anonymous7/05/2012

    As an African American, I would never go back, The bartender, manager were not welcoming or attentive. After 20 min and 3 other people were served, I finally grabbed the attention of the manager and ordered a drink in which case he served me a drink, however, I had to remind him for a straw. We wanted to order food, but another 30 mins went by....Hmmmm! We decided not to order any food and left. Never again... just saying

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