Now open: Public at the Brickyard

Former high school buddies Drew Thompson and Travis Russell have just opened their new restaurant, called Public at the Brickyard at 129 N. Rock Island in Old Town, in the building adjacent to the Brickyard bar.

I popped in yesterday to grab a menu and take a look around, and the space was big, open and clean with an inviting bar and several interesting beers on tap.

The menu looks interesting, too, and features items such as homemade pickles, a panini made with bacon, tomato marmalade, basil and brie, plus brisket tacos and several pizzas, including one topped with corn, red onions, vegetables, mozzarella and cheddar on rosemary dough.

So far, owners say, their bison sliders are the most popular item on the menu.

A picture of Public's pizza, pickles, pumpkins an a pint.

The guys are putting a little Oktoberfest event starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, which will take place on the Brickyard’s outdoor patio.

For $5 at the door, attendees will get two drink tickets for Oktoberfest beers and a German-style brat from Yoder meats. Musician Aaron Lee Martin will perform at 3 p.m.

Public’s regular hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. For more information, call 316-263-4044.