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Pub, beer hall coming to the Four Seasons

Mina Group shifts to offer classic pub grub at base of ski area.
By Kevin Huelsmann, Jackson Hole News&Guide
November 14, 2012

A restaurant group that owns more than a dozen restaurants across the country, including two that have earned Michelin stars, is planning to open a new pub and beer hall next month in the Four Seasons Resort.

The Mina Group, named after highly-decorated chef Michael Mina, is slated to open the Handle Bar pub and beer hall next month in the space that used to house the Peak restaurant. The resort hotel is located in Teton Village at the base of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

The menu is expected to feature wood-grilled burgers and sausages as well as an array of bar snacks, including chicken wings, sliders and fried pickles, most of which will cost $5. The menu is described as being “classic pub grub with a modern twist.”

The group also plans to feature game meat from the region on the menu and said it will support sustainable farms, ranches and fisheries as much as possible. For example, elk chili likely will be served at the restaurant.

The bar will serve a multitude of beer options from across the globe in everything from a can, bottle, pint, stein or boot. It will also have wine on tap and by glass or bottle, as well as alcoholic milkshakes.

The bar also is touting a five-hour happy hour. The “all night” apres ski happy hour is slated to run from 4 to 9 p.m., daily.

The restaurant will offer “grab and go” breakfast items from 8 to 11 a.m. in the bar. The dining area will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., while the bar and lounge will stay open until 11 p.m. or “until the party stops.”

Multimillion-dollar renovations began last month at the restaurant.

Crews are working to install a large, 30-seat bar that will be the centerpiece of the new restaurant. Pullman-style booths and tables made of reclaimed oak will fill out the 3,600-square-foot space.

There will be an additional 60 seats on the restaurant’s 1,200-square-foot outdoor terrace.

The design team working on the new restaurant said it will “evoke a 19th-century modern West American tavern.” That means there will be gas-lamp-inspired lighting, exposed wood beams and cork finishes, according to a news release circulated Monday. The walls will be adorned with taxidermy, trophy antlers, rustic oil paintings and Native American-inspired wood cuts.

The restaurant is a departure from the group’s stable of high-end restaurants. It’s supposed to be more casual, to match the ski-in, ski-out atmosphere. 

The Mina Group is based in San Francisco. It operates 19 restaurants throughout the country, including Las Vegas, Miami, Seattle, Baltimore and Scottsdale, Ariz.

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