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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Scapegoat Adds a Low-Key Tavern Option to the Central West End

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 6:29 AM

click to enlarge Scapegoat Bar Manager Trent Colquitt calls Scapegoat a laid back place to grab a night cap or wait for a table at Scape. - KAVAHN MANSOURI
  • Kavahn Mansouri
  • Scapegoat Bar Manager Trent Colquitt calls Scapegoat a laid back place to grab a night cap or wait for a table at Scape.

(52 Maryland Plaza), the new and improved little sister to Scape Bistro, opened quietly in mid-June, giving a new twist to the more formal restaurant's Central West End location.

The February closure of Crepes Etc., which the owners of Scape previously operated in the space, made way for the new concept to become a reality: a full bar to alleviate the traffic Scape’s small bar receives on the weekends, along with small plates and drink-friendly food for sharing.

“The idea came along mainly because the Bistro bar is very small; it holds only about six people," says Trent Colquitt, the bar manager for both Scape and Scapegoat. "It tends to be a little bit crowded when weekends come along, so we thought it would be a good idea to actually have a bar. It's a good place to hang out while waiting for a table at Scape, or grab a nightcap.”

Scapegoat will be sharing everything from the kitchen and that gorgeous courtyard in the back to Colquitt and Executive Chef Shimon Diamond. The menu has been designed to be simple and affordable, Colquitt says. Nothing is more than $20, with highlights including wings, tacos and G.O.A.T. sliders — which feature "macadamia nut chicken," pepper jack cheese and "secret sauce" on a Hawaiian bun. A chopped salad and burrata and peach flatbread are lighter options.

Colquitt designed the signature cocktail selection, with all of its drinks named after history’s most famous scapegoats. He recommends “The Juice,” which he named after O.J. Simpson.

The design inside Scapegoat compliments its compactx drink and food menu. The bar is simple and accessible, with plenty of seating both at the bar and throughout the tavern.

The vibe, says Colquitt, is what sets it apart from Scape.

“This place is made to have fun," Colquitt says. "This is a very laidback atmosphere, we wear tennis shoes.”

The hope is that Scape, Scapegoat and their shared courtyard will offer three different atmospheres for customers.

“We’re doing our best to make this place three separate entities. We want to have the feel of a tavern at Scapegoat, Scape to have that nice bistro feel and the courtyard to be a totally different feeling,” Colquitt explains.

The courtyard now features an area for dining, an area for soft seating and three sizable televisions on the courtyard's high, ivy-covered wall. Colquitt says the TVs and outdoor sound system make the courtyard a fine option for private events as well, which Scape has offered in the past.

Scapegoat is open Tuesday through Thursday 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., Friday and Saturday 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. alongside Scape’s brunch. Colquitt says he was unsure when Scapegoat would hold its grand opening.

click to enlarge KAVAHN MANSOURI
  • Kavahn Mansouri

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