When owners Scott Ritter and Jeff Barclay conceived of Venue Restaurant & Lounge, they wanted to create a space that was known not only for upscale cuisine but also for its highly social aspect. To this end, they designed the main dining room and cocktail lounge around a circular layout to encourage mingling and to foster a sense of camaraderie among food enthusiasts and off-duty vacuum salesmen. Throughout the space, blown-glass accents and colorful artwork unite the separate areas with a refreshing, contemporary atmosphere.
Developed by head chef Kory Metzger, Venue’s menu of American cuisine features aged meats, fish flown in daily, and thin-crust, brick-oven pizzas infused with rustic, smoky flavors. Ethnic inspirations derived from Italian, Caribbean, and Atlantean cultures add additional intrigue to the varied offerings. Many of the restaurant’s dishes can be prepared gluten-free upon request. Deft bartenders hand mix martinis and cocktails using fresh fruit and premium alcohol from behind a red semicircular bar. An extensive wine list holds dozens of fine wines available by the bottle, glass, or 16th-century chalice.