Bitters, Bock, and Rye Opening in the Maharani Space in Lower Polk

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The exterior of the former Maharani. Yelp photo by Kevin Y.

After 23 years in business, Maharani Restaurant at the corner of Post and Polk closed last October. But the space has a new future (and owners): the crew behind Blur up the street on Polk are going to open ~BITTERS, BOCK, AND RYE~ in mid-October. There will be house-brewed beer and a full bar, hence the name that plays to both. Since there’s a large kitchen, there will be a big food component, focused on serving Southern (specifically Texan) barbecue. The chef manning the smoker will be Aaron Little, previously at Brick Yard on Union. Dinner will be served late into the night (until 1am), along with an all-day weekend brunch until dinner service kicks in. Yeah, and since there’s a liquor license, it’s gonna be boozy.

It’s a big space, with three different areas. The dining room will be casual and comfortable, plus there’s a private party room (800 square feet) with chandeliers and a more loungy vibe. The taproom is going to feature small tanks behind the bar with the home brews—there will be 12 to 18 beers on tap in all, and the spirits will be focused on bourbon, tequila, and Scotch. Specialty cocktails from Blur will also be making their way over. The partners are Ron Kirkpatrick and his wife Holly, along with Shannon Henne and Jon Boswell—they previously owned Tonic, and Tongue and Groove together. Stand by for updates in the coming weeks. 1122 Post St. at Polk.