Ivan Fontana decided to open a new restaurant in Midtown Reno because of his wife's cravings. "Honest truth, when my wife was pregnant, she was looking for a good place to get a burger. She was craving burgers. So we kind of set out kind of doing a burger joint per se, and then branched off from there."
And while Midtown Eats, in the heart of Midtown Reno, does in fact offer burgers, Fontana and his team didn't stop there. They've created a restaurant that brought the big city to Reno. And they do it by going to cities around the world, seeing what's working there, and bringing it back to all of us here. "Get inspiration from different, we always try to go to San Francisco, New York or Portland trying to get inspiration, do an inspiration trip."
They decided on a stark, clean look with old antiques used in entirely new ways, you can rest your feet on an old strip of railway track. There's even bottled lights that glow amber during the dinner hours. But it's the food and cocktails that most people talk about the next day.
Salads served atop flatbread. Quinoa and chicken topped with roasted sunflower seeds. And fruits and vegetables delivered right from Backyard Farms to the kitchen. You can't get much fresher than this.
And while Ivan leaves the cooking to his chef, he's the mastermind behind the bar. Making original cocktails from whatever herb, fruit or veggie is in season. In the cucumber smash he mixes Hendricks gin, St. Germain, fresh lime, muddled basil and cucumber. It's served in a perfectly etched glass.
Midtown Eats is certainly a bright spot in the ever evolving Midtown. "We wanted to create a neighborhood joint that's what we wanted to do. We have friends who live in this neighborhood. We live here. You can walk down from your house, have a drink, have dinner and walk home."