Monday, August 25, 2014
Brand BBQ Market closed (for the second time). They were a friendly restaurant with a wider than usual list of meats that they smoked well and they did a fantastic Burnt Ends Mac and Cheese. I liked them even if I thought that they needed to work on their sauces a bit. They closed the first time, to redo their dining room and to get a liquor license, but I am going to guess that they ran out of money and had to open earlier than they would have liked to, so they had no time to rebuild a regular clientele and again ran out of money because no one was coming. I am going to guess that they had already sold the place when they closed because the turnaround was very quick, five weeks. What opened it's place was Osteria Langhe, an Italian restaurant focusing on Piemontese cuisine. I dined there recently to see what the space had now become. The space itself hadn't changed a lot because it is a small, narrow space and I don't know that much could be done with it. There is a small patio at the front of the restaurant for those that that would like to dine outdoors. There was a mural of the Italian countryside on the wall opposite the bar at the front of the dining room. The bar was in the same place at the front of the bar, but there was significantly more liquor including 10 Italian bitters. This is where I sat. Looking things over, there were many things of interest on the food menu so I made a quick decision for a drink and spent some more time with the food menu. I started with an Amaro e Birra, which is exactly what it sounds like, an Amaro of the diner's choice, a beer of choice, and ice. For my Amaro e Birra, I used a Menabrea Bionda, an Italian lager for my beer and a Cappelletti, a red amaro with medium bitterness. The bartender said that I could drink them separately or together, so I did both. The beer was light colored and had flavors of straw and lemongrass and the Cappelletti was very red and bittersweet with an herbal and cough medicine flavor, although not in a bad way. Together, the beer cut the bitter of the amaro and the amaro added some sweetness to the beer and contributed to a nice head.