Hutch & Harris, Fun and Raw Bar on the Side
After months of curiosity and enduring seemingly never ending questions, Hutch & Harris opened the highly anticipated Side Bar last Friday. It was quite the “soft” opening and it’s exactly how owner Greg Richardson wanted it to be, even though it was about three weeks past their target date. “We’re just glad to be open for the Black Theatre Festival and get a little warm up, if you will, knowing it’s one of the busiest weekends for Winston-Salem,” he said.
The Side Bar is a new addition to H & H. It’s located to the left of the existing space, adds an extra 2000 square feet and seating for approximately 100, including the “side” bar that extends nearly the length of the structure. The space that used to be a private room for groups will eventually be filled with benches that now sit in the Side Bar as part of a new a lounge area with a community table using the old bar top. The original H & H dining section will be updated to reflect the nautical theme that adorns the Side Bar, including new hardwoods throughout. With plenty of bar seating, reclaimed doors, high and low seating and rustic tables, it’s really a great looking space. “We plan on raising the ceilings over in the older space and where the bar was will be the new private dining area for groups,” Richardson said. The front of the Side Bar includes window seats and space for live music.
Hutch & Harris opened in February of 2008 and has enjoyed success on their little corner of downtown Winston-Salem. Richardson has been thinking about the expansion for three years and thought it was the best way for him to remain competitive on Fourth Street. Right now, H & H is the only establishment that serves food on his particular block between Marshall & Spruce Street. “I was handcuffed by having a great kitchen, great food but a small bar. And we’d close earlier than I would’ve liked to have closed. Customers would come here and eat and go home or elsewhere for later drinks.” He says the more spacious bar will appeal to the late night crowd. “I knew I had a competent staff and that we could appeal customers for even more than just the great food, especially on this block.” Richardson said. H & H will have late night fare at the Side Bar that will include pork belly sliders, salmon cakes and burgers $2 off from 11p.m. – 1 a.m . There will also be Side Bar exclusive cocktails and a good rotation of craft beers. But ultimately, it’s the same H & H, just with a larger, more happening bar.
Chef Lucas McGill has added some Side Bar exclusive items with oysters, steamed shrimp and smoked fish platters just to name a few. We gave these three items a try on their opening night and were not disappointed. A big bowl of steaming hot shrimp comes with a delicious house made cocktail sauce that’s tangy, slightly sweet and has a great kick. Richardson, who hails from Maryland, says the oysters will always be from cooler waters of North Carolina and up. We ordered the Virginia oysters and they were large, briney and nearly perfect with their house made mignonette sauce. But the winner of the night was the Smoked Fish Platter. We chose salmon, mackerel and trout. The platter comes with a portion of boursin herbed cheese and lightly grilled French bread. It. Was. Awesome.
Look for those finishing touches to happen in the original H & H space over the coming weeks but the restaurant will be open for business. !
Hutch & Harris and the Side Bar are located at 424 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem. Menus are posted daily hutchandharris.com.