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Big Wangs Preps for Sunday Kickoff

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, February 05, 2010, at 04:50PM
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Big Wangs partners Joe Barker, Ted Russell and PJ Brill are getting set to open their third location at 8th and Grand on Sunday.

The former Tranquilty Base space at 8th and Grand starts its new life on Sunday as sports bar Big Wangs opens its doors for the Super Bowl. It's the third location for the eatery, which also operates in Hollywood and North Hollywood.

Downtown's different, though. "We think it's a more hip, discerning crowd," said partner PJ Brill this afternoon. While the menu and experience from the other two locations will carry over, Downtown will feature a traditional happy hour and a more offbeat selection of beers on tap.

The sports bar will be open from 11am to 2am daily, with the kitchen closing around 1:15am. Some of the theme-night promotions from the other locations will carry over, but 8th and Grand will also feature a happy hour menu from 3 to 7pm with both appetizer and drink specials. A late night happy hour from 10pm to midnight will focus on drink deals.

Brill emphasized the eatery's emphasis on value, something that should appeal to locals who have seen many a high-priced establishment open during the Downtown boom.

Most of the bones from Tranquility Base have been kept intact, but more TV's have been added and some of the more questionable design choices have been replaced. The frosted glass on the patio is now clear, and the ceiling drapery has been lost.

Four 58" screens will get those outside into the sporting action. Brill and partners Joe Barker and Ted Russell are particularly excited about the patio, which they see as both a day and night hangout spot.

Six Downtown residents are on the service staff, which also includes imports from the other locations.

While Sunday's Super Bowl viewing is being pitched as a first-come-first-serve affair, a few group reservations have been taken, including from a contingent of Saints fans who will be taking over one side of the room.

After Sunday, the plan is to take two days to iron out some final details and then reopen on Wednesday.

Big Wangs / 801 S. Grand / 213-629-2449

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