While the name may throw some for a loop, ‘Sloppy Seconds,’ a new restaurant/bar-cade promises fresh locally crafted food, with a unique atmosphere.
Located on 612 Chillicothe Street and owned by Waylon Lucas, Audrey Howard, Mona Ward and James Strickland, the four set out to put a twist on the traditional dining experience.
“I think our restaurant is unique because it is open late until 5 a.m. and it came with a liquor license,” explained part-owner Audrey Howard. “We will serve beer and other beverages but our main focus is the food. We also offer arcade games and we have a pool table for customers to play. We are currently putting a gaming system in to have Mario Smash Brother tournaments. We are really trying to provide a place for the late night crowds and gamers as well as for people who want to get out and socialize.”
Opening at 10:30 p.m. and closing around 5 a.m., ‘Sloppy Seconds’ hopes to contribute to the community by catering to Portsmouth’s nightlife and providing for those with the late-night munchies.
“We’re not catering to the business crowd, it’s a very laid back establishment. All our walls are painted with chalk-paint, and so people can come in and put up whatever they want on them. It’s very much a place for the late-night gamers, the college crowd and people who have been out and want to eat,” said Lucas.
The menu consists of finger-foods, appetizer style snacks, and home-style breakfast foods.
“We’re going to have eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy, all your traditional breakfast foods,” said part-owner Waylon Lucas. “We’re also going to have a slider menu, tacos, nothing ultra-fancy, but definitely the foods you crave when you’ve been out and you want to eat.”
‘Sloppy Seconds’ will hold its grand opening ceremony on August 5 at 7 p.m. with live music and game tournaments.
“I had been kicking around the idea of opening a place for about four years now, I was talking with the owner of the Fork and Finger restaurant and I told him I was considering opening a restaurant of my own, and he gave me the best advice. He told me, ‘You can toss around the idea forever, but the only way you’re going to find out is if you actually do it and sacrifice everything for it.’ Hopefully in 20 years I’ll be sitting out back at my place complaining about how I’m still working in my own kitchen,” joked Lucas.
The four are optimistic about the outcome and have received positive feedback about their business venture thus far.
Howard said, “I really hope this can be the place people have begged for, that gives people something fun to do in Portsmouth, even late night after everything closes.”
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