The initial launch of any restaurant or bar is a stressful experience at the best of times. Debuting right in the middle of a state shutdown and national pandemic takes gallons of extra nerve.
Not prepared to wait until the all clear, Berlin Bar is now open in the Arts District and working within the current restrictions, practicing non-contact service and social distancing while serving fast-casual favorites of hot dogs, pita, tacos, hummus, and fries.
Located in The Charleston mixed use building at 201 E. Charleston Boulevard, at the intersection with Casino Center Boulevard, Berlin was originally conceived as a German street food-inspired concept, hosting a quirky interior, craft beer, and a menu from the co-founders of local food truck Dude Where’s My Hotdog.
A neighbor to the temporarily closed, four month-old C3 Coffee Co, Berlin is now road testing its menu with curbside takeout and delivery, and taking orders through its online system.
Customers will need to wait to check out the restaurant’s indoor murals, but can still order 10 hot dog creations, including the $9 Rebel Dog featuring fried onions, bacon, and chili, or the $10 “Tamoya/Ass Cobra,” built with udon noodles, an egg, mayo, and teriyaki sauce. Vegan substitutes are also available.
Chicken and asada tacos are priced at $3.50 each, and plates of fries can also be stacked with carne or chicken asada. A hummus pita is joined by the $11, “chicken böner kaböb” prepared with tzatziki sauce, lettuce, cabbage, and hummus.
It is unknown if Berlin intends to apply for a license to accommodate curbside alcohol orders and customers should check online for the latest opening hours.
Berlin Bar, 201 E. Charleston Blvd., 702-985-4674. Open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
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