photo by John Anderson

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East Side Show Room

It's like some opium-fueled steampunk dream, the interior of this posh eatery and bar that incorporates the industrial and fine-art metalwork of owner Mickie Spencer and features a few big works by mad-scientist sculptor Steve Brudniak. Such a setting's an oddly compelling fit for the locally sourced weekly menus of Executive Chef Sonya Cote, the potent handmade concoctions and mixological miracles wrangled from unique spirits and native herbs by executive barkeep Chauncy James, and the crowds of savvy foodies who've turned the sweetly lit joint into a mealtime and music-gig mecca of bustling proportions.

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