The former Bayshore may not look much different on the outside, but a lot has changed on the inside to make way for the all new Red Brick Ale House.
“The walls, the bar, a new tap system, the floor and layout, the kitchen, menu and pizza oven, the facilities, everything is new,” says Sheri Hemingway, co-owner and operator.
“This is also a completely new concept,” adds Jim Linnington, the restaurant’s other co-owner and operator.
While the Red Brick Ale House’s exterior may be unassuming, the cool grey paneled walls, warm brick accents and contemporary stacked stone features create a trendy, yet comfortable environment. An authentic brick pizza oven and chrome tap system form clean lines with beautiful focal points. Add in the 13 TVs and you may not want to leave.
“We still have more that we want to do, but the changes so far have been very well-received,” Linnington says.
Those changes didn’t happen overnight.
“We started the major renovations in the fall of 2015,” Hemingway says, noting that they remained open during the overhaul.
“We made a conscious decision to stay open and work section by section for a number of reasons, but mainly because we have very loyal customers, and this gave us the opportunity to involve our customers in the decisions,” Linnington explains.
The Red Brick Ale House also began rolling out their new menu items over the past year. Their new American menu focuses on culinary trends with a variety of items that will appeal to the whole family.
“We focused on transitioning from a bar that served food to a restaurant that has a bar,” Hemingway says.
With that in mind, Red Brick Ale House serves up classic dishes with a culinary flare. And everything is made in house.
“All of our sauces are made from scratch. We make our own soup and pizza dough. We smoke our pork in-house, and we even make our own chips,” Hemingway says.
With selections such as stone-fire pear and gorgonzola pizza ($12.95), char-grilled wings that are herb marinated and topped with caramelized onions ($9.95) and the pork chop ($20.95) topped with brie, caramelized onions and a marsala cream sauce, it’s easy to see why Red Brick’s food is taking center stage.
However, with a new tap system, the drinks are not going unnoticed. The Red Brick Ale House has 20 domestic and craft beers on tap, including a variety of local brews.(tncms-asset)8dbc892a-9543-11e6-8044-00163ec2aa77(/tncms-asset)
“We pay attention to trends. It’s all about the pizza and beer,” Linnington says.
Red Brick Ale House also specializes in catering and special events. With a variety of spaces available, including the formal Crystal Room, the Red Brick can accommodate almost any type of function.
“We are trying to create a one-stop place that can give you anything you’re looking for, from small and intimate to large,” Linnington says.
With all of the changes underway, Linnington and Hemingway have not lost sight of their core values.(tncms-asset)72f5d658-94a0-11e6-8403-00163ec2aa77(/tncms-asset)
“We have a very high service standard: family affordable cuisine, a fun and clean environment that’s available year-round on a consistent basis,” Linnington says.
As part of this focus, Red Brick Ale House runs multiple specials including discounted dining offers, a customer loyalty program, live music, quiz nights and more. It’s clear that at Red Brick Ale House, it’s all about the customer.