Midtown BBQ & Brew in Mount Vernon has been sold and will reopen in late September as a contemporary American small plates restaurant named Flavor, according to its new owners.
Flavor will seat 65 people downstairs and an additional 120 people upstairs, said co-owner and executive chef Julia Belton.
In addition to offering a food and drink menu that emphasizes locally grown ingredients, Belton and her wife and co-owner Vanna Belton will also operate a lesbian-friendly lounge on Fridays and Saturdays.
“It’s for the entire public, but this is being geared toward the lesbian market,” said Vanna Belton.
The two started looking at the property in December. They made an offer in February, and the property went under contract in the same month , they said.
“We want to bring a dining and social environment that fits the location,” Vanna Belton said. “It will be classic, sophisticated. That’s what we want to bring to the neighborhood.”
As for the food, Julia Belton promises fresh, tasty dishes that reflect her fine cuisine training at the renown Culinary Institute of America in New York, and as a chef at 11 Madison Park in New York City.
“Everything is fresh and locally sourced,” she said, adding that this summer she and her wife picked more than 800 pounds of peaches and 300 pounds of strawberries from Shaw Orchards in Pennsylvania while they were in season. With the fruit, they made fresh purée and flash froze it for frozen peach and strawberry daiquiris. “It was a labor of love," she said.
Formerly known as Midtown Yacht Club (a name it had since the 1980s), the spot was rebranded as Midtown BBQ & Brew in 2011. Calls to Midtown's owners were not immediately returned.