Rainey Street is getting a new restaurant and beer bar with Anthem, where the menu focuses on what it calls American-Asian fare. That means American food with Asian ingredients, like fries sprinkled with togarashi, karaage chicken sandwiches, flatbread version of an egg roll, and a bulgogi hot dog that is vegan. It’ll also include 40 beer taps, along with wine and cocktails (including tiki ones).
Anthem will be found within the Millennium Rainey Street building on the corner of Rainey and Driskill Street. It's the high rise building that built on top of the site of those demolished bungalows (or in the case of the original Lustre Pearl, forced the physical building to relocate).
This new restaurant comes to the entertainment district courtesy of the Flagship Restaurant Group, which is based in Nebraska, and co-owner Anthony Hitchcock. The company’s corporate chef, Tony Gentile, is in charge of the menu, and the executive chef will be named later. Anthem is expected to open in the fall.
Rainey saw the shutter of No Va earlier this month. As for other currently-operating restaurants on the busy street, there is Texan fine dining (Emmer & Rye), Mexican (El Naranjo), Indian (G’Raj Mahal), sausage and beer (Banger’s), and a plethora of bars and food trucks (like Craft Pride and Via 313).