Sascha's 527 on Charles Street is expanding
Sascha's 527 is adding a bar to its restaurant.
Customers of the Charles Street restaurant have long known a set-up that includes a lunch menu friendly to nearby office workers, and a salad bar afterward.
But owner Sascha Wolhandler is transforming the salad bar into just a bar after the lunch hour.
"We'll be like a bipolar restaurant," she says. "When lunch ends, the sneeze guard comes down, the chairs come out, and the lights go down. And we become a bar."
Wolhandler calls it the copper bar, but the lunch-hour turnaround makes it sound more like Mt. Vernon's new speakeasy.
Wolhandler says the change to a dual-purpose property came about because the bar they had for ten years - a tiny one at the back - was getting too crowded.
"At ten years, we wanted to reinvent all those things about Sascha's," she says.
She wouldn't discuss exact figures, but she says they didn't spend a fortune.
At the new bar, they can sit 16 people, and still offer the same dinner menu they were already offering. The kitchen will stay open until 10 p.m. weekdays, and until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
The bar offers a dozen bottled beers starting at $3.50 each, ten red wines by the glass and eight white wines by the glass. At their happy hour - lasting two hours, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. - all taste plates are discounted at 50 percent, glasses of wine are $2-off, and all bottled beer is $4.
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