The Arts Factory’s patio was back in full swing during First Friday. Sort of. It was a preview/test run of Crown & Anchor, set to open its third local pub in the complex sometime in October.
Though the restaurant and interior bar remained closed, the outdoor attachment buzzed as tapped beers flowed from a center bar and a handful of C&A appetizers passed hands. Contented patrons gathered on lawn furniture, absent among them the fire dancers who once claimed the space during the monthly street fair. But the showing was perhaps a good omen for the future Arts District anchor.
With food options still lacking near Charleston Boulevard and Main Street, the dog-friendly Las Vegas staple will likely be welcomed by its artsy neighbors, offering a fun place to shout at soccer games on TV and explore traditional fare, like Cornish pasties, Scotch eggs and fish and chips touted as “the best in town.” And because Vegas has a bottomless thirst for booze, the many-beered bar (30 draughts at any given time) won’t be shunned, either.
Still, one detail matters above all to cult Crown & Anchor fans: Will this location serve Stilton and cabbage soup?