Have you been to the new 40 Eats & Drinks yet? You may remember the previous iteration of the business when it was 40 Strand Eatery. Now 40 Eats & Drinks, it has the same great owners and staff, but the restaurant has been transformed into a more casual bistro with an eclectic new menu. You’ll still find some of the popular 40 Strand dishes among the menu items (so don’t panic Mac & Cheese Shoppe lovers out there), but be prepared for some fun new options and twists on some of the old favorites as well.
With plans already in place to change things up, the pandemic-induced restaurant closures this spring made it the perfect time for restaurateurs Brant Pell and Todd Manley to transform the eatery. I stopped by to enjoy lunch and got a chance to chat with Brant, and 40 Eats & Drinks manager Maasejah (Sejah) Browne about the recent transformation. According to Brant, they wanted to make 40 Eats & Drinks a more casual restaurant, and have it fit in more effectively with their sister restaurants – Rum and Wine Bar Restaurant, Toast Diner, and The Mill Boardwalk Bar & Brick Oven Pizza. To achieve that, they changed the hours so they’re open weekdays from 11:30am-7:30pm and for brunch on the weekends, and they revamped the menu to include more take-out friendly options. They also did some refreshing of the restaurant space, so what used to be the bar is now a walk-up counter, and there is lunch counter style seating facing Strand Street in addition to a few tables. Outdoor seating is also still available in front of Club Comanche.
Sejah said, “With so many people feeling safer getting their orders to-go instead of dining in we are offering curbside service, but we make sure to plate the take-out orders the same way we would if you were sitting in the restaurant.” Now you can walk up to the counter and order your food to-go, call ahead and pick it up curbside, or dine in. Also worth noting, you can find some fun grab-and-go snack items including popcorn, cookies, pickles in a packet, and even cocktails in a can. They also have plans to add a little wine shop where you can buy reasonably priced bottles of wine, and you can buy a few specialty items such as the 40 Hot Sauce and Cragged Real Maple Syrup.
What can you expect from the new menu? In addition to delicious salads, the Mac & Cheese Shoppe, and smorrebrod (open-faced sandwiches), they’re offering savory pies (along the lines of Cottage Pie) and unique soups like The Chicken and Waffle. At brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am-3pm you can choose from a list of specialty brunch items or enjoy something from the full regular menu. Also, you can still get amazing specialty cocktails featuring house made simple syrups, local favorites Mutiny Island Vodka and Cruzan Rum. Oh, and don’t forget to have a slice of the out-of-this-world rum cake!
Also new from the 40 Group, Rum and Wine Bar Restaurant is now open seven days a week from 6pm-10pm. They have also expanded to include courtyard seating in the lush palm garden, which offers a beautiful ambiance and a nice breeze. They too revamped their menu this year, and you won’t want to miss the ‘Daily Chef’s Creations’, fresh local seafood, craft cocktails and an extensive list of rums.
But wait, there’s more! Sion Farm Distillery is also rocking a new menu including poke, snacks like Korean BBQ Chicken Sliders, and yummy handhelds like sandwiches and burritos.You can dine-in (inside or outside seating is available) or take-out weekdays from 11am-5pm. Obviously, you can also buy Mutiny Island Vodka and cocktails as well, including their new Pre-Mixed Cocktails To-Go Bottles and the newest small batch release!
We have been fans of the 40 Group since they opened their first restaurant, but they have continued to grow and adapt with the changing times and the needs of the island. Be sure to stop and see what’s new at your favorite 40 restaurant or the Sion Farm Distillery, and definitely check out the new 40 Eats & Drinks…your taste buds will thank you!
-Jennie Ogden, Editor