In the mood for a cold brew and some oysters after work, but don’t feel like waiting?
Well, has the solution to your dilemma. The restaurant opened its R Bar on Aug. 28 after a week of renovations.
The bar has been expanded and can now seat up to 24 people, which is an icnrease from 8 to 10 people the bar area could seat in the past. The bar will offer a more casual atmosphere for people who crave a taste for Bistro Rollin’s acclaimed menu, but don’t want the full sit-down experience.
Bar also features a 42-inch flat screen television for people who want to catch the big game. The beer and wine selections have also been expanded.
“We have a new bar menu in addition to our regular menu and we have things on there like our scallop ceviche, sliders, tuna burgers, salads and all types of smaller plate items,” said Arthur Bratone, whose family owns the restaurant.
The Bratone opened the restaurant in 2009 with executive chef Manny Lozano. The restaurant is named after the street Bratone and his wife, Barbara, lived on in Paris: Rue Rollin.
The resturant was recently honored with five 2012 OpenTable Diners Choice Awards for "Best Overall Restaurant," "Best Food," "Fit for Foodies," "Great for Brunch" and "Neighborhood Gem" in WestchesterCounty and the HudsonValley.
When the restaurant opened, Bratone said his family didn’t place as much emphasis on the bar area. But that changed after patrons started chiming in.
“A lot of our customers told us that they’d like to have a larger bar where they could meet people for a drink before dinner or to be able to get some great food more quickly and casually,” Bratone said.
Bratone said the customer reaction so far has been great. Anyone who hasn’t checked out new bar can go here for restaurant’s schedule and menu.