The former Bar & Bistro space attached to downtown's Arts Factory is now officially a 24-hour slice of the United Kingdom.
The Downtown Crown Pub launches today with its first full day of service. A sequel to two successful, local Crown & Anchor pubs, the downtown version has long been promised to offer a "little more edgy" version of a traditional British boozer. With non-traditional uniforms, five video poker machines, pool tables and foosball, the pub's major asset is a 5,663-square-foot patio, which will also be welcome to pets. The outdoor space will be used for scheduled live music events and become an oasis during First Friday events.
On the menu, the Crown & Anchor's familiar casual selection of American and British favorites like "...the best in town!" fish and chips, steak and kidney and cottage pies, lamb stew resting inside a giant Yorkshire pudding, a Ploughman's Lunch and a chip butty, better translated as a French fry sandwich.
Also being served, their version of a Cornish pastie, made with "minced beef, potato, & vegetable wrapped in a flaky crust and served with peas." This will create an immediate rival dish to the Commercial Center's Cornish Pasty Co., which intends to relocate directly across the street from the pub sometime this year and serve their full roster of pastie selections.