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Burgers, bands and bourbon

Scott Seitz • Apr 21, 2014 at 11:35 PM

If everything goes according to plan, Bar145° will soon be calling Norwalk home.

Ken Russ, co-owner of Legends contractors and Jeremy Fitzgerald from Bar145°, made the announcement during the Tool Time event Saturday at the Huron County Fairgrounds.

Bar145° also has locations in Toledo, Columbus and Kent, which were all built by Legends.

Legends will also be the contractor for the Norwalk location, at the site of the former Bob Evans restaurant on Milan Avenue, as long as city council approves a job creation grant agreement for Bar145°.

Russ was beyond excited when talking about Bar145°.

“This was the right location and Norwalk is the right choice and has the right people,” he said. “I’m really excited for them.”

Once city council adopts the job creation agreement, contractors will begin renovating the former Bob Evans.

Russ said, if all goes well, Bar145° will be open by July.

Bar145° is known for its burgers, bands and bourbon.

“This is chef-quality food,” Russ said. “Everything is fresh; nothing is frozen.”

Bar145° has 30 different kinds of bourbon and 30 different types of craft beer.

Bar145° is considered a “gastropub.”

A gastropub refers to a bar and restaurant that serves high-end beer and food, according to an online definition.

The 145º part of the name represents the temperature of a medium-rare burger.

The existing Bar145° locations are known for offering a high-energy, contemporary atmosphere and live entertainment. The company's tag line "Red Chucks, White China" emphasizes a culture clash having all the food served on white china while the employees are sporting red Chuck Taylor tennis shoes.

“The food is phenomenal,” Russ said. “It’s really gourmet or build-your-own burger. There are like 200 variations. These are some of the best burgers you will ever have."

Patrons can build their own burgers by filling out a "stack-your-own" sheet. First there is the choice of burger patties (beef, turkey, chicken, smoked salmon, black bean), artisan breads (eight varieties), local and artisan cheese (nine varieties), fresh additions (11 choices), premium toppings (11 choices) and sauces and spreads (14 choices).

“I think this is something that’s really been missing for our community,” Russ said. “I think it’s really great for Norwalk. There will be live entertainment three to four nights a week.”

A quick browsing of the Bar145° menu for its Kent location showed a variety of burgers with fries at about the $11 price range.

The Norwalk Bar145° is set to employ 30 full-time and 20 part-time employees.

Russ said customer service will be the No. 1 priority at Bar145°.

“The owners are hands-on,” he said. “These owners are top-notch. They care about customer service and they care about the quality of the food and they understand customer service.”

Russ said the Bob Evans building is in good shape.

"It’s a 20-year-old building,” he said. “We will do extensive remodeling and change the look quite a bit. The building, itself, is solid.”

Russ gave high praise to Ellen Heinz, Norwalk Economic Development Corp. executive director, for her work with preparing the job creation grant agreement for city council.

“Ellen made everything happen very quickly and I really appreciate that,” Russ said.

Here is the current menu for the Bar145° in Columbus:

GASTRO SNACKS

* House Truffle Fries Rosemary, Parmesan,WHITE TRUFFLE OIL, served with Roasted Red Pepper Aioli $6

* Fried Green Beans Tempura Battered Green Beans, served with Sweet Peppers & Sweet Chili Sauce $7

* Fried Onion Wedges Tempura Battered Onion Wedges, Sea Salt, garnished with Cumin Ranch & served with Bourbon Steak Sauce $5

* Sweet Potato Wedges GLAZED SWEET POTATO WEDGES, Cinnamon & Sage, served with Cinnamon Butter $6

* Warm Bavarian Pretzel Bites Butter Baked Pretzel Roll Bites, garnished with Chopped Bacon & served with Cheddar Chive Sauce $6

* House Truffle Fries Rosemary, Parmesan,WHITE TRUFFLE OIL, served with Roasted Red Pepper Aioli $6

* Fried Green Beans Tempura Battered Green Beans, served with Sweet Peppers & Sweet Chili Sauce $7

* Fried Onion Wedges Tempura Battered Onion Wedges, Sea Salt, garnished with Cumin Ranch & served with Bourbon Steak Sauce $5

* Sweet Potato Wedges GLAZED SWEET POTATO WEDGES, Cinnamon & Sage, served with Cinnamon Butter $6

* Warm Bavarian Pretzel Bites Butter Baked Pretzel Roll Bites, garnished with Chopped Bacon & served with Cheddar Chive Sauce $6

SOUPS & GREENS

* Caramelized Onion Brioche Croutons, Aged Swiss $4/6

* Roasted Vegetable Chili SEASONAL VEGETABLES, Black Beans, served with Grilled Focaccia $4/6

* Chef’s Daily Soup Bold Flavors & Seasonal Vegetables $4/6

* Winter Caesar Salad GRILLED HEARTS OF ROMAINE, Sarvecchio Parmesan, Oven-Roasted Tomato Purée, House Caesar Dressing $9

{with HERB - ROASTED CHICKEN or PLANK - ROASTED SALMON $12}

* House Greens with Toast Artisan Greens, Beets, Radish, Tomato, Carrot, Cucumber Relish, Tilla ook Cheddar, Poppy Seed Vinaigrette $8

{with HERB - ROASTED CHICKEN or PLANK - ROASTED SALMON $11}

* Wedge with Sweet Potato & Bacon Baby Iceberg Lettuce, Caramelized Sweet Potato, Chopped Bacon, Crispy Onions,BROWN BUTTER SAGE VINAIGRETTE $9

SANDWICHES

* Balsamic Bleu Burger STELLA BLEU CHEESE, Arugula, Shaved Carrots, Balsamic Reduction, served on a Pretzel Roll $11

* Simpleton Burger Cream Cheese, HOUSE -CURED BACON, Roasted Cremini Mushrooms & Sweet Onions, served on an Onion Roll $11

* Apple Pie Burger SPICED APPLES, Cream Cheese, served open face on Buttered Brioche $11

* Americana Burger American Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion, Pickle, & Mayo, served on Brioche $10

{Add House - cured Bacon for $1!}

* Monte Cristo Burger Aged Swiss, Sliced Ham, Blackberry Jam, served on French Toast $11

* Egg & Toast Burger Fried Egg, Potato Croquette, Hollandaise, served open face on Grilled Focaccia $11

* Porchetta Melt HOUSE - MADE PORCHETTA, Provolone, Spiced Apples, served open face on Grilled Focaccia $11

* Roasted Turkey & Stuffing Herb - roasted Turkey, Seasonal Stuffing & Maple Demi Glace, served open face on Grilled Focaccia $11

* Black Bean Panini House - made Black Bean Veggie Burger, ORGANICAGED GOUDA, Roasted Tomatoes, Baby Spinach, Red Pepper Aioli, served panini - style on Grilled Focaccia $10

* Burger of the Month Trust us. We’re professionals.

* Feeling creative?

Build your own burger, sandwich, or salad with our custom STACK -YOUR -OWN Menu!

SHARED PLATES

* CHORIZO SCOTCH EGG HOUSE - MADE CHORIZO WRAPPED EGG, served with Fig Jam & Grilled Focaccia $8

* LOADED FRIES House Truffle Fries served Poutine - Style with ROASTED DUCK CONFIT & ORGANIC GOUDA GRAVY $7

* BAR WINGS FRIED CONFIT DUCK LEGS, Cayenne Hot Sauce, served with a Shaved Carrot, Celery, & Bleu Cheese Salad $8

* BAR TACOS Your choice of BRAISED SHORT RIB, SMOKED SALMON, or BLACK BEAN VEGGIE, House Slaw, Chicago-Style BBQ, Organic Aged Gouda $11

* ROASTED BONE MARROW Roasted with Stella Bleu Cheese & Parmesan, served with Bourbon Cherries & Grilled Focaccia $8

* LOBSTER MAC & CHEESE Poached Lobster, Organic Aged Gouda, Roasted Tomatoes, Asparagus Tips, topped with Pomme Frites $11

* FOIE GRAS MEATBALLS Trio of FOIE GRAS INFUSED MEATBALLS, served with Blackberry Jam $8

* CURED MEATS & CHEESE BOARD Selection of Cured Meats & Artisan Cheeses $14

ON THE SIDE

* Truffle Fries ... 2

* Onion Wedges ... 2

* Sweet Potato Wedges ... 2

* Fried Green Beans ... 2

* Mac & Cheese ... 3

* Maple Bacon Mac ... 3

* Fried Brussel Sprouts ... 3

* Potato Croquette ... 3

* Artisan Greens Salad ... 3

* Daily Vegetable ... 3

LUNCH MENU

* BAR MEATLOAF

Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf served with a side of Truffle Fries $9

* BRAISED SHORTRIBS

Braised Short Ribs served with a side of Truffle Fries $9

* SAUTÉED CLAMS

White Wine Broth, Fennel, Olives, served with Grilled Focaccia $8

* CHICKEN & WAFFLES

Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Golden Waffles, Maple Syrup & Demi Glace $9

* PARMESAN & TOMATO FLATBREAD

Roasted Tomatoes, Sarvecchio Parmesan, Oregano, Ricotta $9

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