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From staff reports
Tinner’s Bar & Grill has a new look, a new menu and a tweak to its name.
The locally owned restaurant at 69th Street and Minnesota Avenue is now Tinner’s Public House. It was able to remain open for the majority of the remodeling work, general manager George Christopulos said.
“Every inch of the place is new.”
Coming through the new entrance, diners will find new finishings and new seating. The cramped casino area is gone, and there’s a private room that can seat up to 20 people. A large screen drops from the ceiling to show sporting events, and there are several TVs throughout the room.
The restaurant seats 140.
Christopulos plans to expand the patio area this summer, so it can seat 75 people. He’s seeking approval from the property owner and will need a permit from the city. He hopes to take out a few parking spaces to make that possible.
“We’ll get all new furniture, and rail it in,” he said of the patio that includes a large waterfall. He’ll also add fire pits.
Along with the new look, the almost-decade-old restaurant changed its menu and lowered its prices.
Souvlaki is the new star. The traditional Greek specialty consists of pieces of marinated meat grilled on a skewer, Christopulos said. Tinner’s serves lamb, beef, pork and shrimp with difference sauces for each. Those dishes, which come with rice, grilled vegetables and pita chips, range from $12 to $16.
“That’s been a big hit,” he said. “No one else is really doing that.”
The hamburgers are all double burgers now, and there are turkey and bean options, Christopulos said. The burgers are $12 and $13.
New appetizers include pork wings, which are shanks in a Memphis barbecue sauce, and poutine, which has roasted beef, gravy, carmelized onions, cheese curds and Gouda over the restaurant’s house-made chips.
Another change was making chicken, steak and shrimp on option on the salads.
“If I had to describe what I was trying to get done with the menu was to make it more appealing to women,” he said. The menu highlights gluten-friendly and vegetarian options.
“Some people are missing a few things from the old menu, but overall it’s all good.”
Christopulos has been managing Tinner’s for the past year since it changed ownership. The new owner closed the restaurant’s event center space that was next door and opened Deuces Casino there.
The general manager describes it as a neighborhood bar and grill with a loyal and diverse crowd.
“This location is really good with this side of town growing.”
Tinner’s also serves breakfast on the weekends from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to midnight Sunday. Happy hour with discounted drinks is from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and every night from 10 to close.
The new menu at Tinner’s features the Greek specialty souvlaki, all hamburgers with double patties, salads, flatbreads, sandwiches and a few other house specialties.