Today Tony's Darts Away will open its doors once again, following a shutter in March for a facelift. Formerly a bit down at the heels, Tony's took the Wurstkuche/Golden State approach and now has 30 California craft beers on tap along with gourmet sausages. New owner Tony Yanow is claiming this as L.A.'s' "only bottle-less bar," as native wines and soft-drinks are also on tap in an effort to create as little waste as possible. Yanow is keeping about half the beers fixed, while rotating the other half, and offers beer flights and mostly $4.50 pints to make the spectrum of state-brewed suds more accessible. And the food?
Full lunch and dinner service start next Monday at 11:00 A.M., but beginning today at 5:00 P.M., a limited menu will be served alongside full beer service. Expect sausages and their buns to come from local merchants, along with four vegan options and a variety of locally-sourced, mostly organic toppings. There will also be fried snacks, California cheeses, and a small selection of salads.
Except behind the bar, most of Tony's hasn't been touched, its reps inform us, though it is proud to have a library of beer books. There are still dart boards and the feel of a dive, just with better food and drinks. Tony's plans an Echo Park location later in the year, but the transformation of its near-forty year old space on Magnolia should foretell whether it becomes a new hit or dives back to the bottom.
1710 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank. 818-253-1710.
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