The Gnome opens Tuesday August 4 with an expansive patio, over one hundred taps, and a menu built by Justin Sutherland. The new restaurant at 498 Selby Avenue tips a hat to the former tenant with the name. This location was long the home of The Happy Gnome, under different ownership. What neighborhood regulars loved about the old spot were the extensive beer list and chill vibes. Both are intact, but the restaurant space and adjoining patio have gotten major upgrades.
The impressive patio opens first, with more than double the square footage, sporting tables, a bar, fireplace, benches, and a few dangling hammock chairs, all under the shade of giant trees. Inside, the bar and back room have been opened up, allowing for more, spaced out seating.
The upper level of the restaurant includes a game room, second bar, and a lounge area. It will be open to the public, but can also be utilized as a private event space.
Everywhere inside light pours in the windows, many of which had been covered previously.
The menu is stacked with hearty dishes good for pairing with the beer, wine, and tiki cocktails all on tap. Poutine consists of wedge potatoes and fried cheese curds covered in gravy and raclette cheese sauce, impressive for its cheese on cheese action. A beef marrow bone pot pie is a mega meaty dish, served with a giant bone winging out from underneath pastry crust. Mussels are topped with pork belly. A beet salad tosses in some watermelon and herbs. Prices range from $10 appetizers up to a $32 steak.
This restaurant is the second for Brian and Sarah Ingram. The two also own Hope Breakfast Bar in the West 7th neighborhood. Like that restaurant, a portion of the profits will be donated to the couple’s Give Hope nonprofit that’s been feeding hungry neighbors during the pandemic.
The menu at The Gnome was put together with the help of Justin Sutherland, of Handsome Hog and Top Chef fame.
The restaurant’s extensive patio opens first with reservations now available. The expanded deck wraps from the front and around the side of the building, filled with lots of distanced seating options, several dangling hammock chairs, and a fireplace. Reservations for these seats are open now. The interior seats will be available later this month.
Correction: August 3, 12:36 p.m. This article was corrected to reflect The Gnome is a pub, not a brewpub as previously stated.