Dubliner Fort Lauderdale Closed; Bull Market Opening on Thursday
Downtown Fort Lauderdale has seen its changes over the past decade.
Photo by Christina Mendenhall
From Broward's premier bar scene to victim of the failing economy to slowly resurrecting nightlife and dining destination, the area is finally starting to make a comeback.
Director of Operations John Todora gave us the scoop on the new concepts (it's going to be three) and a timeline for the changes.
Todora and his group officially took over the space on May 1 and continued running it as the Dubliner until recently -- it's currently closed for renovations.
On Thursday, however, Bull Market will open its doors to the public.
The concept is based on the premise of supply and demand. Every day, several beers will be on the ticker, which will increase and decrease the price points based on how many are being ordered at a given time. (It changes every seven minutes.)
"We developed the idea for craft beers," says Todora. "People don't always want to take a chance on a $7 beer, but a $5 beer is more reasonable."
In addition to several beers, the ticker will feature a specific spirit each day: One day will be vodka, another whiskey, and so on.
Set to the west side of the space, Bull Market will feature "shares" plates intended for groups and individuals. Each menu item will be broken up into threes. Expect to see dishes like Dr. Pepper pulled pork, Captain Crunch chicken fingers, Angry Orchard sloppy joes, sliders, sandwiches, and salads.
"It's not tapas," says Todora. "Everything can be eaten on its own or shared with friends. It's a little different from what people are doing. Fort Lauderdale has a social atmosphere, and this fits the neighborhood."
Next up is the upstairs bar. Set to open in about three weeks, the Jack Daniel's Whiskey bar will feature a whiskey-heavy cocktail list, creative nonwhiskey mixed drinks, and 14 beers on tap. The space will have a speakeasy-type vibe, with no signage and a small intimate atmosphere.
Nick Nistico, master mixologist for Premier Beverage, is compiling the cocktail list.
In about six weeks, Todora plans to open an Asian gastrobar on the east side of the space. Titled Chow, the place will offer sushi, barbecue, and Asian-style cocktails.
"Everything we're doing is fun," says Todora. "We're keeping the decor light and fun. The menu is fun. We're doing it all in sections to make sure we get it right."
Bull Market opens Thursday at 210 SW Second St. in Fort Lauderdale.
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