At long last, the rumors that have been swirling since March about a Michael Mina restaurant opening in Jackson Hole have been confirmed. Officially.
Nicole Kraft with Glodow Nead Communications in San Francisco on Monday confirmed what we’ve all been speculating about for a while (though, this concept definitely seems different from Mina’s other restaurants): The Mina Group will open The Handle Bar in December 2012 at the Four Seasons Resort in the former spot of The Peak. The Mina Group’s arrival in Jackson really reconfirms what we’ve known at Dishing for years: Our dining scene is one of the best in the West!
“The Handle Bar promises to bring new energy to the local scene featuring a casual and accessible menu of wood-grilled burgers, sausages and fun bar snacks,” a news release states. “The Handle Bar will be a premier year-round gathering place for hungry travelers, outdoorsmen and women and revel-rousers alike.”
An “all-night” après-ski happy hour and energetic indoor/outdoor bar will offer guests a comforting spot to unwind, drink and snack with friends or family after a day on the slopes.
Wood-grilled burgers and sausages will be highlights on the menu (as well as shareable bar snacks). Game meats native to the region will also be prominent, such as Wyoming elk chili, served on its own with crema, cheddar and scallions, or covering crispy potato skins on the bar and snack menu.
The bar menu at will be vast and playful. Guests will enjoy American and international beer options by can, bottle, pint, stein or boot; beloved whiskeys from Scotland, Japan, the U.S. and beyond; a concentrated list of wine on tap, by the glass or bottle; and adult milkshakes for a fun take on an old standby.
The “all-night” après-ski happy hour will run for five hours from 4 to 9 p.m. daily and feature $5 pub grub, including wings, sliders, “frickles” and fries, and beverage specials ranging from $2-8.
After extensive renovations are complete, a large bar will act as the centerpiece of The Handle Bar, where guests sitting in each of its 30 seats will have views of Rendezvous Mountain. The space will be comprised of communal and standard-size tables made from reclaimed oak, Pullman-style booths, adjustable-height tables and a raised 36-seat dining area that can be used for private parties or carry over from the dining hall. An outdoor terrace will seat about 60 guests with cozy fireplace lounge seating and a bar that extends from the inside out.
“The Handle Bar will evoke a 19th century modern West American tavern,” the release states. “A carefully curated art program will include taxidermy, trophy antlers, rustic oil paintings and Native American-inspired wood cuts.”
The Handle Bar dining hall will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the bar and lounge will run from 11 a.m. through 11 p.m. “or until the party stops,” the release states. Grab-and-go breakfast fare will be available in the bar and lounge from 8 to 11 a.m.