The Gramophone's New Concept Rebrands the Bar As A Tavern, Deli and Bottle Shop

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The Gramophone's "Bloody Island" ($12.50): a bloody mary with olives, bacon, salami and a roast-beef sandwich. | Photos by Mabel Suen
  • The Gramophone's "Bloody Island" ($12.50): a bloody mary with olives, bacon, salami and a roast-beef sandwich. | Photos by Mabel Suen

Last November, longtime Grove-area concert venue the Gramophone (4243 Manchester Avenue; 314-531-5700) announced that it would close its doors for remodeling on January 1. On February 13, the business reopened with updated hours, an expanded menu, and a new focus on beer and alcohol rather than entertainment.

"The neighborhood is changing, and we think we did a very good job with live music for seven years," says operating partner Scott Swanston. "We just decided to try something else."

See also: The Gramophone Will Close In January, Reopen As Bar

The Gramophone's renovated, redefined space.
  • The Gramophone's renovated, redefined space.

Instead of a stage, visitors will find new booths and tables to increase the dining room's seating capacity as well as a selection of amusements including a pool table, dart boards and a pinball machine. A divider in the middle of the space features a display case that holds 45 different six-packs of craft beer to pick up on the fly. At the bar, choose from more than 40 bottled beers and twenty taps.

The Gramophone started offering its sandwich menu for lunch last April. Those eight original creations, including the fan-favorite "Mississippi Night's Club" are still available, along with an entirely new list of offerings on the flip side developed with consultation from chef Brian Hardesty of Guerilla Street Food.

Twelve more taps added to the bar.
  • Twelve more taps added to the bar.

Some new sandwiches (around $5-$10 each, half and whole sizes available) include a reuben, cold-smoked salmon and banh mi. Another option is the "Frenchy" with chicken, bacon, swiss and red-wine aioli. All come served on Fazio's Bakery breads, wrapped up and ready to go. Cups of soup are available such as chicken-tortilla and garlic-tomato.

The Gramophone's current hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m., with the kitchen open until 2:30 a.m. For more information, visit the Gramophone's website and follow it on Facebook.

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The "Mississippi Night's Club" filled with crushed up spicy Billy Goat chips.
  • The "Mississippi Night's Club" filled with crushed up spicy Billy Goat chips.
Half-sized sandwiches available.
  • Half-sized sandwiches available.
Banh mi.
  • Banh mi.
"The Frenchy": chicken, bacon, swiss and red-wine aioli.
  • "The Frenchy": chicken, bacon, swiss and red-wine aioli.
Roasted-garlic tomato soup.
  • Roasted-garlic tomato soup.
Beer case beside the bar.
  • Beer case beside the bar.
The selection of draft beers.
  • The selection of draft beers.
Check the board to see what's on tap.
  • Check the board to see what's on tap.
Additional seating by the window and on the other side of the room.
  • Additional seating by the window and on the other side of the room.
More tables in the corner.
  • More tables in the corner.
Doors open at 11 a.m. for lunch.
  • Doors open at 11 a.m. for lunch.
Located in the Grove.
  • Located in the Grove.

See also: - First Look: The Old Bakery Beer Company - First Look: Norton's Cajun Corner - First Look: Spring Center Gourmet - First Look: Juniper (New Menu) - First Look: Seoul Q

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