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Side Dishes: B-Town’s new sports bar is open


Published September 9, 2009 at 5:14 a.m.

Last weekend, there were lots of haps on the tube, from the beginning of the college football season to golf’s U.S. Open. The plethora of events was a good omen for Burlington’s new sports bar, 156 Bistro, located on St. Paul Street where Meñores used to be. “We show any sporting event that anybody requests,” boasts co-owner and chef Kevin DesChenes. “Rugby, soccer, baseball, football.” The eatery, where the team colors look to be black and maroon, had its very own kickoff last Friday.

“Things are going great. Everybody seems to be happy with the food and the service,” says DesChenes. “They like the new ambiance and the new stainless steel tables. They like the vibe.” The garage doors, which open to let in cool breezes and a “great sunset view” in the evenings, have been a boon in sunny weather.

What’s on the opening menu? New American cuisine such as portabello quesadillas, ginger-crusted salmon and a crab cake BLT. Thai sticky wings are already a hit, and the chef is excited about his seasonal soup of the day and the ever-changing dessert board. “Right now there’s a flan with fresh mixed berries; there’s also a double chocolate cake and a housemade cheesecake with raspberry and vanilla coulis,” he relates.

Want a drink with that? 156 is muddling up fresh mint for tons of mojitos and serving mucho Switchback on draft. In addition, there’s a “small martini and Cosmo list,” says DesChenes.