The Bon Vivants team of Scott Baird and Josh Harris has gone on to open the already popular Trick Dog, and they post on Facebook today that they're saddened to have to close Rio Grande so soon. It had become a popular bar industry hangout, and as such their big final blowout will be on a Monday, April 8. Also, there will be partying tonight and Friday, and bartender Russell Davis says, "I need everyone to come out and let's do this with a bang."
This pop-up Wild West bar from the Bon Vivants boasts Tarantino-meets-south-of-the-border decor, a stash of tequila, mescal, whiskey and canned beers and a menu-less array of cocktails (just ask your bartender for inspiration). It was envisioned as a short-term concept as part of the Mid-Market ATO (A Temporary Offering) in the Kor Group’s Renoir Hotel, so check it while you can.
I ask Morgan if there's anything else worth getting. Out comes a can of Dos Equis (the only beer served).
"Do you want me to dress it?" he asks.
I'm not entirely sure what this means, so I just nod furiously. "Definitely."
He dips the can head in a bucket of salt, pops it open, and shoves a lime wedge in the hole. Then from under the bar come six hot sauce bottles: Melinda's, Cholula, El Yucateco, Castillo Salsa Habanera, Valentina, and Tamazula.
"Wild Turkey or Espolón?"
This one I know the answer to: "Wild Turkey." Out comes a shot, too. Combined they're $7.