The opening night entree menu will include a beef shoulder that has been braised in an India Pale Ale and served with potato puree, root vegetables, egg and beer au jus for $15; a brown sugar grilled salmon served with zucchini corn cake, garlic kale, dill yogurt and molasses mustard for 16; and assorted seasonal vegetables for $12.
The restaurant’s beer list will include nine beers brewed at AquaBrew, including the San Marcos Blonde Ale, Bobcat Vanilla Porter and River Rat Light Lager.
The menu also features wine by the glass and by the bottle, in addition to non-alcoholic beverages such as organic Maine Root soda, iced tea, coffee and more.
Owner Carlos Russo said he hopes the restaurant is able to raise $100,000 for local nonprofits in its first 21 days of business. From 5:30-11 p.m. on March 18, a portion of the restaurant’s proceeds will go to the San Marcos River Foundation. On March 19 a portion of the proceeds will go to the Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center, and on March 20 a portion will go to School Fuel.
Cameron Elise, Jamie Weston and Bob Kuhn will perform live music throughout the evening March 18.
Russo said he was excited to open the doors to the restaurant, after years of preparation.
“It feels very similar to when you graduate from college,” Russo said. “You put in this long-term effort and you get a reward at the end in the form of a degree. Except this feels way more intense than that, because it’s about the community. It’s about a lot more than just, ‘Oh I got a business.’ It’s deeper than that.”