First Look: Barrel & Grain Comes to West Palm Beach
When beloved downtown West Palm Beach gastropub Gratify closed their doors last July, a little piece of champagne brunch died along with it. Where most of us saw a fleeting memory of happy hours past, however, Chase Woolard saw an opportunity. Already the Managing Partner of successful restaurant The Local in Coral Gables, Chase was looking to break into new territory, and the empty shell that Gratify left behind was the perfect fit.
But whatever you do, don't get the two confused.
We sat down with Chase who told us "Gratify had a great following, but we are a completely different concept. We want to be a neighborhood place where people can come and hang out."
Named after two of the most basic and necessary components of good alcohol and food, Barrel & Grain opened their doors very quietly at the end of March as to not overwhelm staff and take the time to perfect their craft. They are leaving it up to the locals to spread the word or stumble across their Datura location; until, of course, the Sunfest tsunami comes along and does the work for them.
But back to the good alcohol and food.
Chase comes from a big beer background and takes his craft brews seriously, and the restaurant boasts an impressive 50 rotating drafts and 200 bottles . The rumors are true that they can get beers the other guys simply can't. This stems from strong relationships with distributors and some breweries directly, ties that have been groomed over years of buying the finest craft brews. You are bound to find a new favorite beer you didn't even know existed.
But it's not all barley and hops, says Chase.