Nice Rack: The Melrose Opens

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The Melrose opened this week in the building that formerly housed The Chute. Billed as a neighborhood pub, Bar Twenty3 founder Austin Ray's newest venture serves a menu of burgers, chili, waffle fries, steak sandwiches and the like, as well as 50 or so beers in bottles and 10 on tap.

We popped in on Monday as the crew was putting the finishing touches on the manly, wood-paneled room with punched tin on the ceilings and movie and music posters and other memorabilia on the walls.

"You're not offended are you?" asked a friendly man who was prepping vegetables behind the counter. We could only assume he was referring to a prominently hung glamour shot of a busty woman whose assets threatened to spill out of her blouse, not to the modest Ms. Pac-Man table nearby.

Offended? No. Hell, they're just boobs--not a racial, ethnic or gender slur. And they're not even fully exposed. But why boobs at the front door in the first place? I mean, sure, boobs can make a good first impression. But in a restaurant? I'd rather just see a good fresh grilled chicken breast.

Then again, I'm a little old-fashioned. So, which do you prefer in your restaurant décor? Boobs or no boobs?

(But I digress. What I meant to say was if you get there before we do, please report back on Bites.)

Located a 2535 Franklin Pike (Phone: 712-8160), The Melrose is open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. The restaurant is open to all ages during the day. At night, guests must be 21, but the restaurant remains non-smoking.

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