We know a new place where you can head for dinner before (or after) your next Maltz Jupiter Theatre outing: Craft Bar Kitchen.
The neighboring restaurant opened in December, and it offers Jupiter locals a “fine dining affair in a casual atmosphere,” owner Casey Rockerman says.
Once the historic Burt Reynolds’ Backstage Restaurant and Lounge, Craft Bar Kitchen serves up New American cuisine, craft cocktails and, often, live entertainment.
Craft Bar Kitchen’s moderately priced dishes (cost per plate is about $15 to $18) include signature appetizers, such as the charred octopus or mac and cheese with lobster, shareable small plates, as well as classic American entrees and Asian hot pots.
“It’s an eclectic mix, but we don’t want to be a Cheesecake Factory,” said Rockerman, who spent 20 years as an executive for Outback Steakhouse, traveling the world and opening up new locations.
The idea is to keep the menu brief and do the food justice. The Asian bun trio, for example, is served with authentic rice flour Vietnamese buns and housemade pork belly and slaw, while the burgers are hand ground daily from cuts of steak. But the eatery is serving up a variety of options, including dishes for those with special dietary needs.
“It’s quality, vegetarian-friendly, gluten-free friendly, yet we don’t want to come across as a health food restaurant because there’s a lot of indulgent things,” Rockerman said.
Such careful attention is also paid to the cocktail menu. Craft Bar Kitchen offers Manhattans and Old Fashioneds with a modern twist alongside other handcrafted cocktails, as well as over 30 craft beers and a wine list.
Many of the craft cocktails are made with freshly muddled fruit, from watermelon to cranberries, and housemade simple syrups, such as cucumber, agave and jabañero. There’s even a smoking gun for those who like theatrics.
Craft Bar Kitchen offers live music every Thursday through Sunday and certain other nights. The performance schedule can be found here.
Craft Bar Kitchen; 1061 E. Indiantown Road, Suite 110, Jupiter