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First look inside Crimson Canary, open for dinner tonight

Inside Crimson Canary
Inside Crimson Canary

Crimson Canary, the second restaurant from the owners of Interstate Kitchen & Bar, opened at 6 p.m. today in the former home of Mona's at 141 South Broadway.

The Italian-American restaurant is named after a 1945 who-done-it. As co-owner Joey Newman told Cafe Society last week: "We're drawing from the Mafioso era of great Italian food but done more at a superlative, hip level. This is not your usual red sauce kind of place." The walls are covered with mugshots of gangsters, and the clubby chairs in the center of the restaurant add to that oh-so-of-the-moment Prohibition-era bar feel.

There are Mafia-inspired touches on the wall.
There are Mafia-inspired touches on the wall.

The Crimson Canary space was meant to work as both a restaurant and bar, and there are happy-hour specials from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day, including $4 house whites and reds, $7 charcuterie board, $3 fried calamari and $2 PBRs. (See the full menu is here.)

The alcohol list is long, and includes cocktails, wine (by the glass and by the bottle), beer, grappa and housemade cellos.
The alcohol list is long, and includes cocktails, wine (by the glass and by the bottle), beer, grappa and housemade cellos.

The charcuterie menu includes meats, cheeses, seafood and munchies like nut and olives.
The charcuterie menu includes meats, cheeses, seafood and munchies like nut and olives.

Crimson Canary
Crimson Canary