First Look: The Shack PubGrub Serves Comfort Food and More in Midtown

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The interior of the Shack retains the building's original rustic charm, accentuated by vintage tap handles and decor hung on walls beside tables made from restored wooden doors, but the food itself isn't overly fancy. Meals come out on shiny metal sheet trays in paper boats or wrapped in foil, illustrating the company's slogan, "polishing the greasy spoon."

click to enlarge Co-owners Brant Baldanza and Jon Fogarty; the bar at the Shack PubGrub. - Mabel Suen
Mabel Suen
Co-owners Brant Baldanza and Jon Fogarty; the bar at the Shack PubGrub.

"We don't even have a freezer," says owner/operator Brant Baldanza. "Everything is brought in every day or every other day. We make everything fresh, and we brine, roast, bake and smoke all our meats. Everything is homemade."

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