Before hosting moviegoers, the 111,000-square-foot Moolah Temple was home to a colony of pigeons. According to Amy Gill, co-head of the 1913-built temple's restoration team in 2003, the birds were "living in every crack and crevice" among debris, peeling paint, and cracked floors. Thanks to the team's refurbishing, leather couches and love seats, as well as balcony and stadium seating, now adorn the bird-free theater. Moolah Theatre only boasts a single screen, but what it lacks in quantity is made up for in size: its 20-by-45-foot screen showcases everything from the latest Hollywood releases to midnight movie staples such as The Big Lebowski.
Like "The Dude," Moolah Theatre celebrates bowling with eight lanes at its in-house retro alley. Post-flick fun can also include playing billiards, blasting tunes on the StarLink Internet Jukebox, or burping arcade games that ate too many quarters. Some lucky residents even call these amenities home—besides the theater and bowling alley, Moolah Temple makes room upstairs for 40 luxury lofts.
Nick's Pub keeps crowds of locals and nighttime revelers satisfied with a menu of hearty Irish-American pub fare and a menu of more than 90 beers on tap?many of which come from local brewers. Guests chow down on shepherd's pie, fish 'n' chips, or half-pound burgers as they sip craft beers. They can play friendly games of darts and pool, or they dance and laugh along to live musicians and open-mic comedy on Sunday nights. Nick's Pub is also smoke-friendly, though they don't allow cigars or scented cigarettes.
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Like many clubs, Mile 277 Tap & Grill has a mascot. But unlike many clubs, it chose a mascot that was not the least bit cutesy?a custom-built motorcycle. That chopper now sits behind the main bar of the biker-themed restaurant, where roadhouse food meets nightclub vibes. It's not the only bike in the joint, either. Hand-painted motorcycle murals brighten the walls, and roped-off areas display motorcycles from local merchants. Even the 20 high-definition TVs probably flash a bike on their screens now and then.
Despite the hog-heavy environment, founder Keith Rhodes wasn't looking to run just another biker joint. He wanted to combine the gritty feel of a highway stop with the festivity of a DJ'ed party?hence, Mile 277 hosts live music and events most nights every week. Before the show, guests can peruse a menu of classic bar and comfort food, with some eclectic tweaks (salmon burgers, orzo pasta, and chimichangas to name a few). The eats and the drinks all follow the chopper theme. Beer is called "fuel," for example, and martinis are "mototinis," but neither are acceptable substitutes for engine oil.
Although Growlers Pub mimics the no-frills congeniality made famous by its British counterparts, the similarities between them end at the kitchen door. Instead of leaning on traditional greasy grub, the pub’s expert chefs populate their sandwiches, salads, and entrees with fresh ingredients sourced from local producers whenever possible. The Farmer’s Market section of the menu flaunts local, heirloom tomatoes in the caprese salad, and free-range chicken in the chop salad. Chefs also toss Atlantic salmon and Angus strip loin on the grill before pairing them with seasonal veggies, and customize steak burgers with eight types of cheese and toppings, such as fried pickles and roasted mushrooms. Up to 33 beers on tap, and another 40 in bottles, help wash down bites of hand-cut truffle-parmesan fries within the lively dining room or out on the sunny, sprawling patio.