Partners Ryan Pera and Morgan Weber (Coltivare, Revival Market) add icehouse to their résumé with their third concept, 8-Row Flint Icehouse & Tacos. This modern take on an icehouse will be housed in a classic but unconventional setting: the old Citgo station at Yale and 11th Street in the Heights. And from whence does the name come? 8-Row Flint is a heritage corn that Native American Indians shared with English settlers in New England. It was also the first corn distilled into whiskey in the United States, so it’s only appropriate that 8-Row Flint’s bar showcases proprietary barrels of bourbon (Weber just procured a few barrels from Kentucky).
The bar also serves quick cocktails pre-batched for immediate serving, for those of us with the patience of Jobs (as in Steve Jobs, which equals little tolerance for waiting). The drinks list includes draft swigs (pre-batched carbonated cocktails, such as a bourbon twist on a Moscow mule); bracers (pre-batched cocktails poured neat or on the rocks); and frozen cocktails (piña colada, margarita, hurricane and sweet tea punch). 8-Row Flint houses the requisite eight to 10 beers on tap and about 30 bottled. Next up, Pera and Weber are installing a permanent food truck to serve tacos, queso, guacamole and chips, all prepared in the Revival Market kitchen. 8-Row is pushing for a summer 2015 opening.