The main thing co-owners Kim Raymond and Chris Ortiz want you to know about the new 122 restaurant, which opened its doors June 2, is that it’s got something for everyone: a pool table, a dance floor, room for live entertainment, Karaoke Thursdays, Trivia Night Mondays, a sound system for live music and a DJ, plenty of parking, an outdoor patio, a family friendly menu, and a temporary but soon to be permanent liquor license.
And a slice of everyone is who they expect to see coming through their doors. Kim says that they want families in the mood for burgers and soccer games shown on the mounted video screens, working people seeking a good lunch, young and older singles looking for something to do on the island after 10 p.m. (when The 122 is for age 21 and over), married couples in search of a nice night out, and night owls of all ages capable of staying up until 1:30 in the morning.
Earlier in the year Charlotte Jaberi, the owner of the old 122 located at the corner of Winslow and Madison, decided to close the business to provide long-term care for a family member. Raymond, who had been managing the restaurant met with her friend Ortiz, who for the last year has been running the front house at BPA. After two hurried weeks of discussion, the pair decided to open a new place with the old 122 name in the building that used to house Madoka, on Winslow Way West.
Raymond and Ortiz have had to field a few concerns from condo and apartment neighbors, but they aren’t worried about the long-term. They expect to win over the neighbors with what they’re offering the community, with their adherence to regulations (including a 60-decibel sound limit), and by being very focused on customers. Raymond explains that their welcoming and friendly attitude means that “We do know our people.” She adds, “We don’t mind dropping twenty dollars on a taxi to get someone home safely if they shouldn’t be driving.”
To suit the variety of customers, Chef Chris Plourde, formerly of Hare and Hound and Edna’s, has created a fairly large menu: Customers can choose among burgers, pizza, salads, sandwiches, and dinners that range from ribeye steak to seafood tacos to Manila clams steamed in a Vodka pepper sauce. The adventurous should sample Matt’s Atomic Wings: chicken wings tossed in a Habanero sauce and served with blue cheese. Three rotating taps and a good selection of draft beers plus a full bar round out the offerings.
Ortiz first came to know the old 122 through post-BPA show cast parties, which were always hosted by Jaberi. He wants to retain the theater crowd, and Raymond wants to bring in the sports/family crowd. By mixing in sixty-somethings who love to dance, twenty-somethings looking for something to do in the evenings, and singles of all ages, they hope to cater to the needs of a wide segment of Islanders. Two of Raymond’s favorite regulars are an older couple from Kingston who come weekly for a dinner of barbequed chicken wings.
The grand opening of the restaurant is scheduled for June 11. Regular hours will begin on June 13th: The 122 will be open from noon to about 10 p.m. on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays and from noon to 1:30 a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. After 10 p.m., The 122 is for ages 21 and older. The 122 is located at 241 Winslow Way W. For more info., call 451-4440.