HUNTINGTON - First opening its doors across the street from Marshall University's Smith Hall in 2011, Black Sheep Burrito and Brews grew into a quirky, popular Huntington gastropub. After six years, the eatery has moved to a new location at Pullman Square in the former home of Uno Pizzeria and Grill. The new restaurant had one final night at its Hal Greer Boulevard location Tuesday, Dec. 5, before officially opening at its new home at 279 9th St. on Thursday, Dec. 7.
The restaurant is owned by Patrick Guthrie and Jessica Bright.
"Patrick and Jessica were approached by representatives from Pullman Square about coming here. It was an opportunity for our restaurant to take more customers because the Hal Greer location was pretty small. They were already looking for something similar in capacity to the Charleston location," restaurant manager Jenna Kath said.
"We started really renovating about four months ago. They started digging up everything to clean up the drains. They brought in Ackenpucky Designs, who also did the interior decorating for Bahnof and some other restaurants in the area. We installed a stage area where we will have live music and comedy nights as well as a second bar area. We are hoping to have the second bar up and running soon for weekends and show nights. We are planning on opening a new restaurant in the Hal Greer location next year. In the meantime we are using the upstage catering space there the same."
There are plans to expand upon the menu in coming weeks. In the meantime customers can enjoy the restaurant's many unique takes on burritos, tacos and torta sandwiches.
Among the specialty burritos are the Brisket ($9.25) with smoked brisket, sweet slaw, a blueberry barbecue sauce and a house-made pickle. There's also a Curry Burrito ($8.95) with marinated chicken, smoked peach chutney, seasoned rice and a Vindaloo Curry sauce. For those looking for a more classic burrito there's the Steak ($9.50) with house-seasoned skirt steak, mesclun, salsa cruda and queso fresco, topped with cilantro dijon, or the Chicken ($8.95) with chili-lime-marinated chicken, house black beans, mesclun, fire-roasted salsa and queso fresco with lime-sriracha cream. Taco Lovers can order a "Flock of Tacos" for $11.25 where they can choose three tacos from such varieties as Steak, Chicken, Achoite Pulled Pork, Roasted Beet or Seared Tuna.
The restaurant also has soup, sandwiches and salads. There is a soup of the day as well as house chili ($2.95 cup, $4.25 bowl). Among the torta sandwiches are Steak ($8.95), a BLT ($6.95), Chicken ($7.95), Pulled Pork ($6.95) and Korean BBQ ($8.95). For veggie lovers there's a Roasted Beet Salad ($8.25).
"We are looking to expand with some different entrees, and they are looking at maybe adding some late-night items. We are also going to be doing some new desserts," Kath said. "We're planning on having music more often because we have more space ... The acoustics are really nice. They sound much better with the wood ceiling, better than the tin at the old location. We have a much easier soundboard. We are still doing comedy nights on Wednesdays."
The new location isn't the only news Black Sheep has had this year. The restaurant's house brewery, Bad Shepherd Beer Company out of Charleston, won three awards at the West Virginia Craft Beer Festival in Lewisburg, West Virginia, for its Petite Rye Saison and its The Loud! IPA. In September the restaurant went on the road to the Taco Festival in Nashville and won two awards.
Black Sheep is also known for its weekend brunch, which is served 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and includes a variety of variations on Huevos Rancheros, Breakfast Quesadillas and a Breakfast Burrito. There are some specialty items including Whiskey Cream French Toast ($7.95) and Smoked Brisket Hash ($11.95).
Black Sheep Burrito and Brews is located at 279 9th St. at Pullman Square. It is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted. For specials and upcoming events, visit https://www.facebook.com/blacksheepwv/. For carry-out orders or more information call 304-523-1555 or visit http://www.blacksheepwv.com/.
If you go: Black Sheep Burrito and Brews
TYPE: Fusion gastropub with burritos, tortas and salads
ADDRESS: 279 9th St., Huntington, at Pullman Square
PAYMENTS ACCEPTED: Cash and all major credit cards
HOURS: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday