The owners of Press the middle plans to open a new bar and restaurant this summer in the former White Star Market space on Government Street.
Press 65 will occupy 2,200 square feet in the old food hall at a separate end of the new building Bistro Byronz location. The bar gets its name from the fact that it has 65 beer taps, will sell 65 types of wine and 65 types of bourbon.
Bistro Byronz plans to move into the former White Star Market space on the first floor of the Square 46 development.
âIt’s a whole new concept under the Tap In brand,â said owner Rick Patel. Like Mid Tap, Tap 65 will have a self-pouring concept. Guests check in and deposit a credit card at the bar, then they can enjoy and pour their own drinks.
Chicken wings which are a popular item at Mid Tap will also be featured in the new restaurant. But after that, things at Tap 65 will be brand new. âWe’ve had a few years to figure out how effectively and efficiently to run a bar / restaurant that we’re going to take into this new business,â Patel said.
This means a new menu of food and drink that showcases Patel’s Indian origin as well as other cultures. It wouldn’t say what the menu will have, other than that it will have small plates and shareable items. âYou’re going to have to experience it,â he said.
Mid Tap just celebrated its second anniversary in Arlington Market on Burbank Drive. Prior to its opening, Patel had planned to set up a self-service bar on Government Street.
âMy wife and I have wanted to do this for quite some time,â he said. âWith the pandemic, there was no right time and no certainty that things would get better. But we have incorporated many changes. “
Tap 65 is scheduled to open in July or August. The plans should have around 15 employees. The bar will be open seven days a week and offer brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.