Pint Publik is aleheads' delight
Partners Chris Davis and Roy Arsenault at the entrace to the Pint Publik House, which recently opened at 1111 Elm St. (Dave Solomon / Union leader.)
The result is a warm interior with a long bar accented by exposed brick on one side and a series of archways on the other that separate it from the dining area, comprised mostly of high-top tables with a few booths. Opposite the bar, the room is dominated by an open kitchen, enabling patrons to watch from almost any vantage point as their food is prepared.
With all four Boston sports teams still in action, Pint couldn't have timed its opening better for the sports bar crowd. The club has six large flat screens over the bar, one in the dining area, and one more on the way, offering a good line of sight from any table or barstool. "During any big games, we've been packed," Arsenault said.
"If I can't cook it, my mom comes in and makes certain dishes," he said, such as a fresh jerk rub for the many grilled selections, ox tail served over rice and beans, or stew peas with roti, a Jamaican oven-baked flat bread. The wings are grilled, not fried, and come with a variety of rubs and seasonings.
Davis said the open kitchen has proven enormously popular, as the staff interacts with patrons in keeping with the friendly, pub-style atmosphere. "A lot of customers talk to the staff, and the staff really enjoys the interaction," he said. "It makes them feel like they're part of what's going on."
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