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Avenue Kitchen & Bar opens Wednesday in Hampden

Avenue Kitchen & Bar, the newest addition to Hampden’s dining scene, will make its debut Wednesday.

The restaurant is replacing Le Garage, which closed in April at 911 W. 36th St. Patrick Dahlgren and Bill Irvin bought the restaurant with plans to create a destination for both everyday dining and special occasions.

Whereas Le Garage housed a small fry shop on the street level with the restaurant and bar downstairs, Avenue Kitchen & Bar has transformed the front retail space into a bar it’s calling the Upstairs Sidebar, which will open at noon daily. The restaurant portion will serve dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Sidebar will offer a smaller menu of more casual plates, including salads, tacos, crudos, sandwiches and baskets ($6-$16). The restaurant will serve an expanded selection of shared plates and appetizers, as well as entrees such as Faroe Island salmon, New York strip steak and pan-seared scallops ($13-$32).

Avenue Kitchen & Bar will offer happy hour deals from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily, as well as food and drink specials after 10 p.m. The restaurant will have 14 local beers on tap and offer 30 wines by the glass in addition to craft cocktails.

The restaurant will also offer beer, wine and spirits for retail, and host a semimonthly wine school.

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