Vandelay Hospitality Group, the company behind favorites such as Hudson House, D.L. Mack’s and Drake’s Hollywood adds a new concept, The Anchor Bar, to its roster slated to open early next year. The Anchor Bar brings their timeless American styled approach to their brands in a sushi forward, cocktail driven concept.
The Anchor Bar, a full-service restaurant and raw bar, is set to open on Knox Street in early 2023 with the second location set to open in Preston Hollow later that year. With its yacht club vibe, The Anchor Bar will emphasize a seafood-heavy menu highlighting Vandelay’s famous oysters as well as the all-new offering of hand-cut maki sushi. The Anchor Bar on Knox will be located at 3130 Knox Street and The Anchor Bar in Preston Hollow will be located at 10720 Preston Road.
The Anchor Bar’s first location is set to open in a 2,400 square foot space in the vibrant hub of Knox Street. The interior comes with a chic new look featuring bright walls textured with wood elements and suspended greenery surrounding 40 seats in the dining room, 30 seats on the patio and 14 seats at the bar. The nostalgic vibe Vandelay properties are known for is still intact with yacht-inspired decor elements such as portholes, mahogany paneled bars, caramel leather booths and brass accents throughout. The second location at Preston Hollow will encompass 6,082 square feet, allowing 159 seats in the dining room and 20 at the bar.
The food program at The Anchor Bar will boast the timeless American food, central to all Vandelay concepts. Starters include classic shareables such as Vandelay’s beloved Oyster Programme, while adding some inspiration from west coast cuisine, such as the Little Sesame Salad, with dressed kale and a peanut vinaigrette, and the Grilled California Artichokes, which are sourced from farms in Sonoma County.
The Anchor Bar’s sushi menu, an all-new offering from Vandelay, features classic sushi favorites such as the Rainbow Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, and Pressed Toro Roll. More unique sushi offerings include the Coconut Shrimp Roll and the Crispy Rice, a fried rice patty topped with your choice of spicy salmon, truffle tuna, or blue crab. For guests on the go, sushi orders will be packed in Vandelay’s own twist on the bento box.
Entrees include crowd-pleasers such as Vandelay’s famous Cheeseburger and the Anchor Bar Filet, a center-cut tenderloin served with sesame salad, as well as Seared Diver Scallops, embellished with a tarragon vinaigrette salad and roasted beets, and a Miso Glazed Arctic Char.
Fans of Vandelay’s famous cocktails won’t be disappointed with The Anchor Bar’s drink menu and wine list. An entire section devoted to the “World’s Coldest Martinis” features 9 different takes on the classic cocktail including an Espresso Martini, a fusion of top-shelf vodka and almond espresso, and the Lemon Drop Martini, made with lemon vodka, lemon juice and fresh zest.
Bartenders are specially trained to shake until optimal frost temperature is reached before serving; if it doesn't frost the glass, it doesn't go out! Other cocktails include the famed Frozen Bellini (also served at sister concepts Hudson House and D.L. Mack’s), and the Lovers Mule, a mix of cucumber vodka, fresh lime and ginger beer.
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