Before the end of the year, Warmack, a new Asian restaurant, will open in the former Pint Central space in Plaza Midwood.
At least that’s plan anyway, says owner James Nguyen. Everything takes longer in a pandemic — from final furnishing touches to permitting.
Nguyen, who’s also behind QC Social Lounge in Uptown, is putting the finishing touches on the space and already it looks nothing like the bar that occupied it before.
Though the footprint is the same, the space has a more elegant look with black walls, velvet-upholstered seating, and a sleek concrete bar top.
Menu: The menu is also unique. Nguyen and executive chef Nobuaki Ishikawa call it “Asian comfort food” because of the nods to dishes they grew up with. Nguyen, who’s Vietnamese, points to the shrimp crisps and Vietnamese slaw. “It’s simple, but delicious,” he says.
Ishikawa, who’s Japanese, highlights the yakisoba, a stir fry noodle dish. On the menu, you’ll see a note that says “tribute to my mom.”
There will also be a sushi menu, rotating specials, and a late-night menu featuring banh mi.
Operating partner Stephen Tandy says the bao buns are also a must-try. They’ll come with a variety of fillings such as vegan, chicken katsu, and pork.
Cocktails: Cocktails will start at about $10. Some like the house margarita and house mule are on tap. Others will be made-to-order and rotate with the seasons.
Hours: Warmack will be open every day at 5 p.m. until close (11 p.m. during the pandemic, 2 a.m. after). On Sundays, it’ll open at 11 a.m. for brunch.
Location: The exact address is 1226 Central Avenue in Plaza Midwood near Pour Taproom.