After months of reworking a former Gerrard St. photo shop, Pinkerton's Snack Bar is open as a new nighttime hangout for eats and libations.
Marc Baglio, formerly of Czehoski, is running point behind Pinkerton's, making drinks and bringing the snack bar idea to life.
Dim-lit and cozy, the focal point is a long wooden bar outfitted with industrial stools, work lamps and salvage decor including metal signage and a Prohibition-era cash register. On the wall of the bar, a working traffic light signals green during regular service and goes to yellow and red during last call and closing time.
Pinkerton's has a small, changing menu of shareable plates like pork neck pancake, fried tofu and green papaya salad, king mushroom nappa rolls and, Fausto's Chicken Special, sous-vide then crispy piri piri chicken with buttermilk dressing.
The cocktail list runs deep with 2 oz. classics for $12. There's a selection of $6 bottled beer and $7 tallboys with a range of domestic and craft labels, and also a small wine list.
Table seating juts up against original brick that's been exposed and a long mirror running along one of its walls. The bathrooms keep things interesting with trippy black marker artwork scribbled over the walls and stall doors.
Stay tuned for a full profile on Pinkerton's Snack Bar.