With the doors closed at both Bar Twenty3 and City Hall, entrepreneur Austin Ray is moving on to yet another venture, The Melrose Neighborhood Pub. Located in the building that formerly housed The Chute, The Melrose represents a complete departure from the uber-hip style of BarTwenty3. While that establishment earned a national reputation for its ever-evolving-always-chic club scene, Ray's latest project seeks to fill the role of neigborhood pub for a neighborhood currently without one. The Melrose will serve lunch and dinner, with a menu of sandwiches and appetizers and a roster of 50 beers.
The first tenant in the newly renovated building at 2535 Franklin Pike, The Melrose will be open to all ages during the day. At night the restaurant will be restricted to guests 21 and up and will remain non-smoking. Ray describes the casual pub décor as having “lots and lots of crap on the walls,” as well as booth seating, wood detailing, schoolhouse lights, pool tables, a Ms. Pac-Man table, an old-school CD jukebox (Apparently CD's are officially old school.) and a Super Shot arcade basketball game. Ray plans to open The Melrose later this month.