features new menu and stage for live bands
introduce a new Peachs Grill
PHOTO BY DIANE CHIDDISTER
The owners of Peachs Grill, Miri Nasoff and Don Beard, standing
beside the restaurants renovated bar. Peachs recently
completed a renovation project, more than doubling its space and
adding a performance stage and dance area.
The back of the wooden
bar at the newly renovated Peachs Grill might look familiar to longtime
local residents it served DGs before that restaurant closed several
years ago and, even further back, was thought to have been located at
the Glen Cafe.
But the back of the bar its front was created by local craftsman
Paul DeLaVergne is the only historic touch to the restaurant, which
opened its renovated space almost two weeks ago. Everything else is new,
including a changed menu, a wide assortment of draft beers and, most importantly,
the restaurants focus on music. Peachs kitchen, which closed
in February for the renovation, will once again serve food beginning Tuesday,
We tried to craft the nicest music venue we could, said building
owner Don Beard, whose wife, Miri Nasoff, owns and manages the business.
Started in October,
the renovation project centered on adding space so that people could listen
to live music and dance. By enclosing the former drive-through area, about
3,200 square feet were added to the business, bringing the total space
to 5,000 square feet, seating 210 people.
The new Peachs also includes a stage for the live bands, which will
appear every Friday and Saturday night, said Beard, who compared his new
venue to the Canal Street Tavern in Dayton. Peachs will offer a
variety of live music, including folk, blues, acoustic and jazz, and will
also feature weekly events, such as a Monday night acoustic open mike,
Wednesday evening DJ dance night and Thursday evening jazz.
Poetry events and comedians might also show up in the new Peachs,
Its a stage, he said. Its there to use.
Beard and Nasoff decided to offer live music after they received an overwhelming
response to the live bands they brought to Peachs last summer, said
Beard, adding that people swarmed to the restaurant on nights they offered
bands in the parking lot. However, the outdoor venue caused noise problems
and, when they brought bands inside, people had no room to dance. The
need seemed obvious.
Were trying to offer people something they seemed to want
and need in the worst possible way, he said.
Before planning the renovation, he and Nasoff visited many area music
venues and, Beard said, encountered many places where the music
seemed to be tacked on. In contrast, they tried to design a comfortable,
light-filled space with music as the focus, where wherever you sit,
its a good spot to see, he said.
Music lovers are often sophisticated beer drinkers, and Beard and Nasoff
are offering something for their tastes as well. The bar will feature
20 beers on draft, including several micro brews, with a new tap system
that combines nitrogen and carbon dioxide to give an especially fresh
taste to the draft beers, said Beard.
The restaurants new kitchen features a new chef, 20-year veteran
Patty Frank, and Peachs menu has changed dramatically,
said Beard. New dinner entrees include Rasta Raspberry Salmon, Creole
Pasta Jambalaya, Vegetable Torta and Peachs Barbecue Hanger Steak,
along with appetizers such as Grilled Portabella Florentine and Spinach
and Pesto Artichoke Dip. The lunch menu will include new wraps and gourmet
salads, along with some favorites from the old menus, said Beard.
Peachs will present Reggae band Seefari tomorrow (Friday). Those
interested in keeping up with Peachs new look and new offerings
are encouraged to visit its Web site, www.peachsgrill.com.