Fine dining has arrived to Old Main Street.
The Grill at O’Bricks, formerly known as Mangrove Grill, opened last week next door to its sister pub and martini bar on Old Main Street.
The Grill at O’Bricks, 425 Old Main St., occupies the storefront directly north of , 427 Old Main St. It formerly was Cork’s Cigar Bar until Cork’s moved across the street last fall.
Fans of the former Mangrove Grill in Palmetto’s ritzy Riviera Dunes development will know what to expect: Tasty entrees of seafood, sirloin, chicken and pasta; soups, salads and Shepherd’s Pie; owner Mike Carter’s original wings, Key West shrimp, Cedar Key clams and a host of desserts. Wash it down with variety of beer and wine then sip on after-dinner drinks including a variety of coffees, ports, single malts or cognacs.
Its resurrection in downtown Bradenton promises the same high standards. Quiet upscale dining in a classy atmosphere with a décor highlighted by its use of Guanacaste wood imported from Costa Rica, similar to the adjacent pub. Interior access is available to and from the neighboring storefronts but don’t worry about cigarette smoke if you don’t like it. Smoking is prohibited inside both locations.
Ample seating is available inside “The Grill,” outside at tables on Old Main Street’s sidewalk and, if you prefer eating at or in the adjacent bar, you can do that, too.
The Grill at O’Bricks is open from 11 a.m to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Plans call for extending the kitchen hours to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays with a limited menu serving patrons in the pub. Call (941) 896-8860 for reservations.
The opening of the restaurant is part of the Old Main Street shuffle that began last fall when from the east side of the street to the west into a vacant clothing store at 424 Old Main Street. That paved the way for The Grill. Long-time tenant Fisherman Joe’s vacated 436 Old Main Street, where Cork Miller of Cork’s Cigar Bar still plans to open a restaurant.
Around Bradenton This Weekend:
· , 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., hasn’t had a “Ladies Night” in a while but they’re going all out Thursday. The Chippendales are serving the drinks and shaking their stuff starting at 8 p.m. Happy hour prices all night for the ladies including free wells, drafts and domestic bottled from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and shot specials until the doors close. Tickets are $12 in advance or $18 at the door. Call 941-795-3886 for tickets.
· On a tamer note, local band Faultline is performing live at , 2709 Cortez Rd., this Friday from 8:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. Get there early – way early – for the first round of happy hour specials from 8 a.m. to noon. The second wave of happy hour prices is 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
· Step back in time Saturday at ’s 1950s-style “Sock Hop.” Texas Hold ‘em Poker starts at 1 p.m. and the rest of the party at 4 p.m. with a dance off, blue-plate specials like hot dogs, burgers and plenty of other groovy sides (food comes out around 5 p.m.) and plenty of cold beers and old-fashioned fun. And the food is free. Hi-Way Bar – one of the few watering holes in Manatee County that’s actually been around since the 1950s – is located at 420 301 Boulevard East in the Oneco area.
· , 801 Riverside Dr. E., offers happy hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week with $2 domestic bottles, $1.75 domestic drafts, $3 wells, $4 calls and $5 on select premiums. Smirnoff martinis are $4. Bar bites, like shrimp, fish sliders, chicken fingers, calamari and other sides, are $5 during happy hour. Tarpon Pointe welcomes live music from Shotgun Justice Saturday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.