Opening weekend at The Livermore

Written by Melissa McCart on

From the team behind Bar Marco in the Strip, The Livermore opened in East Liberty on Friday. It's a cocktail bar-cafe in what had been the Waffle Shop at 124 S. Highland Ave. The daylight scene was an interesting mix of the curious and the thirsty, followed by a packed house at sundown through late-night. 

The Livermore was named for Jesse Livermore -- the 1920s-era successful Wall Street trader who committed suicide in 1940. He wrote" How to Trade in Stocks," a book that Livermore partner Robert Fry had been reading while he was still working in New York's finance industry. 

"I was already not impressed with the idea of devoting all of my energy toward making a lot of money and having nothing of real value to show for it," Mr. Fry wrote on Bar Marco's Facebook page when he announced the name for the bar.  

"Livermore's book made my decision to leave Wall Street a simple one. I wanted to try to build something cool in the Main Street world."

As Bill Toland reported, the cafe-bar will focus on fresh foods made daily at Bar Marco, since the Livermore does not have a restaurant kitchen.

The opening day menu featured spicy nuts, deviled eggs, five types of crostini, a selection of sandwiches, salads, meats, cheeses and chocolates. For a copy of the food menu, click here

Cocktails were served in fetching vintage glassware. The photo below features in the foreground the Almost Home, made with Mancanilla sherry, Yamazaki 12-year whiskey and lavender honey syrup. The background displays the Scarlet Begonia made with Hendrick's Gin, Ferreira white port, Luxardo and rose. Check out the $8 cocktail menu here.

Mr. Fry along with partners Justin Steel, Kevin Cox and Bar Marco chef Jamilka Borges will make adjustments to menus based on early feedback and sales.

This week, the bar will be open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Extended hours -- 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. -- will begin Monday, Aug. 24.

Manager Sean Enright and Mr. Fry will steer the cocktail menu at The Livermore and Poetry, the refined cousin slated to open in the adjacent space. 

Melissa McCart photos

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