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Stadium Front Grill offers upscale bar fare

Oct. 12, 2011 @ 06:55 PM

HUNTINGTON — People looking for an upscale sports bar in downtown Huntington have a new option just across the street from Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Schooner’s Stadium Front Grill opened its doors in mid-August. It is the second restaurant under the Schooner’s brand after Schooner’s Waterfront Grille in Guyandotte, which has closed for the fall and winter seasons. Both are owned by Jason Toliver. The new bar is located at 2010 3rd Ave.

“We acquired this location back in December of last year,” said employee Veronica Veal. “Remodeling was a major undertaking. It looks completely different. We have many flat-screen TVs where you can watch the game. We even moved the door of the bathrooms. The kitchen was gutted, and we had to put a new area in. There was also a garage in the back they found and turned into a dry stock cooler for the kitchen. We completely remodeled it. It’s a nice classic sports bar now.”

That wasn’t all that changed.

“We have a new menu which was created by Nate Jackson who was our executive chef at the time and our general manager Tommy Conard,” Veal said. “It’s a combination of traditional bar foods. We have good burgers with unique toppings, hot dogs, sandwiches, flatbread and wraps. We have a really good ‘King Burger’ which was modeled after the signature item from a diner called Dwight’s before my time. It’s actually an amazing burger. Our most popular burger is probably our ‘Thundering Herd Burger.’ The fried pickles are a very popular appetizer, and people really like the Cordon Bleu sandwich.”

The Thundering Herd Burger ($8.99) comes with bacon, cheeses, barbecue sauce, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato and a fried egg, while the throwback King Burger ($6.99) has tartar sauce, lettuce, onions, pickles and American cheese. Other hamburgers include the North Carolina Burger (chili, slaw, mustard, onion and cheddar cheese) and a Veggie Burger ($6.99).

There’s also a variety of hot dogs ranging from the Classic Dog featuring chili, slaw, mustard and onion, to a Chicago-style hot dog. A hot dog of any type with a platter of fries sells for $4.49. Sandwiches include the BLG ($6.99) a variation of a classic BLT with fried green tomatoes. For Herd fans, there’s a Marco Sandwich featuring barbecue beef brisket on a sub bun ($7.99). Customers looking for healthier options can look at the flatbreads such as the Spinach Pesto ($7.99) with pesto sauce, spinach, tomatoes, red onions, balsamic glaze and goat cheese.

“We have a lot of different craft and import beers available by the bottle such as St. Paulie Girl and four or five different Sam Adams flavors,” Veal said. “We also have Stella Artois and Leinenkugel on draft which are very popular.”  

Schooner’s Stadium Front Grill is located at 2010 3rd Ave. It is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until later on Fridays and Saturdays. The bar opens at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. There is a party with a DJ every Friday and Saturday night going late into the evening. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted.  For carry-out or party information, call 304-522-3000. For more information, including a downloadable menu, visit www.schoonerswv.com/.

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