SOUTHINGTON — A 1920s-themed bar and restaurant opened on Eden Avenue Friday offering classic drinks, servers in period attire and full Prohibition-era décor.
Owners of The Manhattan at 16 Eden Ave. have been outfitting the business since the summer, buying antique furniture, a piano and a phone booth for the restaurant.
Diane Mulholland and Rob Sitz were putting the finishing touches on the lounge and bar area Friday afternoon in preparation for the opening that evening.
“We’ve always wanted to have a lounge where people can come in and have a bite to eat and relax,” Mulholland said.
The couple was excited to open The Manhattan after months of renovations. The building was formerly 3D Bar and Restaurant, which closed in April but has been totally transformed with vintage wallpaper and a new paint job on the outside. The restaurant’s sign faces Main Street which Muholland said helps people better notice the Eden Avenue location.
She and her husband have been going to estate sales and buying antiques online to fill the lounge with couches, chairs and low tables. They also bought costumes for themselves and all their staff.
“All our servers are going to be dress in Prohibition, roaring ’20s” outfits, she said. “They’ll be dressed pretty authentically.”
Pat DeVivo, owner of Petals & Plates farther down Eden Avenue, provided the flowers for the bar. She took over a former florist shop this summer and has watched progress on The Manhattan.
“I think it’s a wonderful, edgy, interesting theme that’s going to appeal to people,” DeVivo said. “I hope they get support from the community and the surrounding towns because they’re pouring their heart into this.”
“They’ve got a great handle on the décor,” she said.
Sitz and Mulholland said they’ll be offering a host of drinks, some of which are classics that are hard to find elsewhere.
Sitz was proud of the Japanese whiskey the bar offers “like they do in the big cities.” He said The Manhattan will be the town’s only provider of Bacchanal Wine Imports from Italy and Sicily.
Food will include tapas and appetizers such as chicken and meatballs.
There’ll also be a piano player near the bar, which will feature music from the 1930s and 1940s.
The Manhattan will be open Wednesday to Sunday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.