Cocktails in the form of edible drinks and tiki are in the works for Barley Swine’s anticipated move up north to Burnet Road. CultureMap spoke to a new staffer of Bryce Gilmore’s restaurant: general manager John Michael Williams, hired along with bar manager Robert Stevens, about what beverage offerings to expect. Williams previously worked at Tennessee’s Blackberry Farm, along with Stevens, as well as New York’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns.
Especially new to Barley Swine will be cocktails, which aren't served on South Lamar. There will be edible cocktails, like "a Negroni as a fruit roll-up," which will be presented within a tasting menu. Everything used in the seasonally-focused cocktails will be housemade, including shrubs, syrups, sodas, bitters, and vermouth. Tiki drinks will be served, and the beer and wine lists will be expanded.
Initially, the Burnet Road location was slated to be Barley Swine’s second location. Then Gilmore announced this summer that it would instead become his only flagship instead, along with Odd Duck on South Lamar. The original location will be used as a private events space until 2016. The Burnet Road spot will feature both small plates and a tasting menu and it's expected to open in late fall.