Dive bar to reopen as ‘family-friendly gastropub.’
UPDATE (January 8, 2012): Kirkwood’s ‘The Pullman’ announces it’ll open January 13
Aces Bar and Grille, a dive bar in Kirkwood, is reopening as Jak’s All Inn.
Josh Adam Kahn opened Aces six years ago and has spent the past few weeks molding the concept into a “family-friendly gastropub” — something he feels the community needs.
“We didn’t let children into [Aces],” Kahn told What Now Atlanta in an interview Monday. “We need to appeal to families.”
Though signage isn’t expected to grace the facade until the end of June, Jak’s is slated to officially open Thursday just in time for team trivia at 8 p.m. The gastropub had its soft opening this past Friday.
Jak’s menu will mainly consist of items made in-house and will feature a kids selection; something Aces didn’t offer. Menu items include pork tenderloin, chicken tenders and a daily fish.
The gastropub will be opened to families from 5 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. and then transform into something Aces’ patrons are more familiar with: 21 and older (smoking is allowed), according to Kahn.
The new space will boast a hand-crafted outdoor patio area, bar style with stools looking out into the street — think of it as a bar without the bartender — with six stools on either side of the entrance for a total of 12. The interior has gone from a dark red to light blue and dart boards are on their way to replace a pool table.
The name, taken from Kahn’s initials, is his way of calling a spade a spade.
“After this, I’ve got no more money to invest,” Kahn said. “I’m all in.”