And now he and his team are getting ready to open the doors, introducing the public to a spot characterized by references to '60s counterculture.
"Minglewood comes from the Grateful Dead song 'New Minglewood Blues,'" says bar manager Beth Fitzpatrick. "And during the day, we're a high-end gourmet deli. We really pride ourselves on very high-end ingredients and speed during lunch. But we also have a full bar, a nice little lounging area and two patios."
The walls of those spaces don't feature any televisions, says Fitzpatrick, but they are adorned with original artwork and posters of the owner's favorite bands. "We're centered around chilling and music," she explains.
Moreover, she says, Minglewood is "not an entree-and-salad type of place." Instead, the seat-yourself restaurant features sandwiches like the Kesey, a blend of Italian rosemary ham, provolone or Emmental cheese and homemade beer mustard, along with salads like the Fillmore -- which features Genoa salami, capicola, mortadella, provolone, vegetable relish, roasted Roma tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette; the restaurant also dishes out Dupree's Diamond soups and Sugar Magnolia desserts. "We'll serve the same menu all day," says Fitzpatrick.
Happy-hour patrons (or diners who want to pair booze with their food) will be invited to sit in the Jack Casady bar and sip craft beers -- Fitzpatrick cites opening taps devoted to the Green Flash Imperial IPA and Sierra Nevada Tumbler -- plus domestic wine and cocktails from a list that spans both classic and modern concoctions.
The restaurant opens Saturday at 3 p.m. It will be open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and happy hour and dinner Saturday.