From Chevy dealership to Belgian bar — Robert Wiedmaier's latest incarnation of Mussel Bar has come to Ballston. Scheduled to open today, the restaurant is going for a retro-modern feel, with cargo containers re-purposed as bathrooms, geometric windowpanes, construction crane purse hooks and more.
Hapstak Demetriou+ designed the space (as they have Wiedmaier's other recent restaurants), and they've emphasized raw materials in details like stainless steal counters and subway tiles. Beer bottles make up a sculpture-like lighting fixture, and the Belgian train clock is another focal point. There is room for 244 people inside and 54 on the patio.
There are more than 100 Belgian beers available at the semi-enclosed bar, though those who aren't been inclined can sample cocktails like the "NoVa" (vodka, grapefruit, ginger syrup, cinnamon) or the "Greenbrier" (vodka, strawberry puree, basil syrup, lime rhubarb bitters). On the menu: mussels, of course, along with brick oven pizzas, swordfish, a variety of beef cuts and simple fare like soups and sandwiches.
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