food & drink

Belly Up

July 14, 2011 |

by Jared Curtis


The Ingersoll


Bar manager Ron Walker pours "The Ingersoll," the house drink at The Ingersoll, 3711 Ingersoll Ave. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. For more information including renting the space for private parties and VIP service, call 277-8000.

Classic building gets a new look


The iconic Ingersoll Dinner Theater closed its doors in 2004 after being a staple of the neighborhood for more than 30 years. Last year a group tried to bring the theater back with a Caribbean/island feel, but that establishment closed its door just months into the venture. A new owner took on the task, changing the look, feel and menu of the establishment.

"When the owners were looking for a place, this space came available, and it really fit the concept of what they were going for," said Ron Walker, bar manager. "They completely overhauled the look of the place and created their idea of a perfect venue."

The set-up is similar to the previous tenant — a bar, plenty of seating, stage, upstairs seating and an upstairs private bar — but Walker wants people to know they are doing something different.

"We offer more of a lounge feel during the week and then booking a lot of talent and entertainment on the weekends," he said. "We wanted to bring it back to the old Ingersoll Theater, where people can come out, have some dinner, drinks and enjoy a show."

The bar will feature a plethora of entertainment including live music, artists, DJs, theme parties and Adrenaline Pro Wrestling.

"We want to provide good entertainment for adults to enjoy," Walker said. "We're looking to bring in Adrenaline Pro Wrestling in once a month for events. People have really enjoyed their last bouts."

The Ingersoll revamped its menu, getting rid of the previous Caribbean flair and going with bar fare such as appetizers, burgers (including the Black & Bleu — a blackened burger with bleu cheese), sandwiches, salads and a kids' menu. The kitchen is open from 4 to 11 p.m.

"The wings are very popular, and people are really enjoying our homemade sauce we put on them," he said.

Happy Hour runs Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Specials include $3 bottles, $3 wells and a drink special of the day. The bar also offers appetizer specials during Happy Hour.

"We wanted to keep Happy Hour going until 7 p.m. so people don't miss out if they work a little later than 5 p.m.," he said.

Throughout the week, the bar offers a variety of all night drink specials. Stop in Tuesday for Tuesday 2fers and enjoy two-for-one specials on bottles and wells. Enjoy a few cocktails on Wet Wednesday with $4 Long Island Iced Teas. Thursdays offer $4 Margaritas. And try the house specialty, The Ingersoll, for $4 on Friday until 7 p.m.

"People really love The Ingersoll. It's a light and fun summertime drink that is sweet, but packs a punch," Walker said.

With many popular bars on Ingersoll Avenue, Walker knows they need to step up their game, and he believes they've done that with The Ingersoll.

"We're the perfect place for adults to enjoy some affordable drinks, tasty dinner or just relax and catch a show, as we're looking to highlight and support a lot of local talent," he said. "We think we're a great addition to the Ingersoll bar district because we offer something a little different than the others." CV