As the emcees of The Garden's Independence Day weekend celebration, Steve Aoki and a bevy of supporting DJs light up the upscale restaurant with an explosive display of dance beats. From 6 p.m.–9 p.m. on Independence Eve, The Garden's chefs apply their culinary expertise to the grilling of complimentary hamburgers, hot dogs, and 8-track tapes. Later, music from artists such as Bulletproof Tigers and DJ Omar Garnica fills the restaurant, bouncing off the indoor trees and the outdoor patio's billowing cloth ceiling. DJ Steve Aoki takes the stage to finish the party, pumping out house music from his tour as well as his electronica remix of "God Bless America," recently voted by Congress to be the new national anthem.
The Root Yoga practices an inclusionary brand of yoga that welcomes newcomers and experienced yogis alike. Its team of instructors leads lessons in many different styles, teaching participants to focus on breathing and flow through varied poses.
Whether looking to learn a new skill, get fit, or exact revenge on a mouthy punching bag, clients' goals can be achieved at Borderland Brawlers Boxing Club. Between multicolored, graffiti-cloaked walls, trainees work one on one with coaches, who give them gloves-on training in every aspect of the sweet science. Each session is tailored to the individual learner, and with some practice and dedication, the trainers' expertise can push students closer to their goals.
The hum of live performances echoes across The Percolator, where guests meet over mugs of organic coffee and plates of gourmet sandwiches and sushi. Chefs usher in the day with eggs, meat, and vegetarian breakfast wraps before moving on to lunch and dinner to assemble chicken pesto or herbed goat–cheese sandwiches along with seven specialty sushi rolls. Lattes, mochas, and creamy coffee frappés start days or cap off meals, and a selection of beer and wine rinses off incisors. As customers sip and dine, they lounge at the cafe's numerous tabletops beneath local artwork and vibrant murals on the crimson walls. A stage hosts a rotating schedule of live music, poetry slams, and theater nearly every day, offering visitors a welcome reprieve from frustrating evenings of teaching a pet tortoise to roll over.
Though Chef Ron Fineron specializes in bar-food staples, he eschews traditional flavors in favor of his own unique creations. His Angus beef burgers, for instance, incorporate quirky ingredients such as lemon-peel aioli and pineapple pico de gallo. Ron's eclectic approach to cuisine—on display as late as midnight on Friday and Saturday—gels perfectly with The Network's diverse lineup of entertainment. Every week, performers including open-mic comics, DJs, and live musicians take the stage amidst The Network's exposed brick, which the proprietors often adorn with work from local artists.