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Hot dogs are the specialty at Dachshund's Bar & Grill

TOWN 'N COUNTRY — A bar and grill inspired by man's best friend is a refreshing addition to Town 'N Country's Normandy Crossings.

Dachshund's Bar & Grill, which opened Aug. 15, took over the space that formerly housed Murphy's Bar. In just one month, owner Leo Figueroa transformed the space from a dimly lit pool hall to a bright, upbeat establishment that caters equally well to families, sports fans and the happy-hour crowd.

"We want people to smile when they walk in the door," Figueroa said.

The revamped space offers ample seating for the lunch and dinner crowd. Those looking to catch the game or enjoy a cocktail can grab a stool at the large, full-service bar or at one of the nearby pub tables that line the sleek corrugated-steel walls. Dogs are encouraged to join their humans at the picnic tables out front.

The highlight of the menu is the selection of gourmet hot dogs. Options include the Irish Setter (bratwurst topped with bacon, shoestring potatoes, an over-easy egg and a side of Guinness gravy) and the Veggie Dog (portobello mushroom cap, sauteed peppers, caramelized onions and melted mozzarella topped with remoulade). Chef Robert Falor also serves up a selection of sandwiches, appetizers and daily specials.

A pool table, electronic darts and Golden Tee, a video golf game, provide entertainment. There are also plans to add a dog park and additional seating out back.

Dachshund's Bar & Grill is at 5915 Memorial Highway. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday; noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Happy hour is offered daily from 2 to 7 p.m. Visit dachshunds.bravesites.com.

Sandy Bottom Boutique expands

In other Normandy Crossings news, Sandy Bottom Boutique owner Lori Palladino recently expanded into an adjacent storefront to accommodate her growing business. Palladino opened her quaint, beach-themed shop in December in order to showcase works by local artists and offer upscale resale items at an affordable price.

Palladino was amazed at the number of local artists and vendors she encountered through her business. She quickly realized she was going to need a bigger shop. Sandy Bottom Boutique now offers an eclectic array of beach-inspired items ranging from handmade jewelry to one-of-a-kind furniture pieces. The shop also features products from well-known Florida-based companies, such as Sun Bum and SwitchFlops by Lindsay Phillips.

A portion of the new space houses Lavender and Lily Esthetics, where skin care specialist Rebecca Gladding offers facials, body wraps, lymphatic treatments and microdermabrasion by appointment.

Sandy Bottom Boutique is at 5915 Memorial Highway. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Visit sandybottom boutique.com. To schedule an appointment with Lavender and Lily, call (813) 504-4411.

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Hot dogs are the specialty at Dachshund's Bar & Grill 09/04/14 [Last modified: Thursday, September 4, 2014 10:30am]
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