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Billy Club on Allen Street starts dinner

Billy Club, a small restaurant in Allentown’s Puritan building, expects to start serving food to the public Tuesday night.

The 24-seat dining room at 228 Allen St. is close to the smallest in town, even with another 13 seats at the bar. It’s the first restaurant from partners Dan Hagen and Jake Strawser. Their chef, Scott Crombie, has experience at Toutant and Buffalo Proper.

The opening menu includes small plates like a dandelion-mizuna-arugula salad ($7), roasted bone marrow with pepper jam and shallots ($13), and white and green asparagus with asparagus ice cream ($10).

Larger choices include roast pork with bok choy and naan ($19), chicken thighs with carrot-coriander puree ($16), and hanger steak with potatoes and braised onions ($24). Three housemade desserts include passionfruit crème brulee ($8).

The opening drinks menu is focused as well, with eight custom cocktails, 10 canned beers and three drafts. There’s a collection of 55 to 60 whiskies, including American bourbons and ryes, but also Scotch and Japanese entries. “As we grow, we’ll have a little more interesting selection,” Hagen said. “We don’t have that bizarre-o whiskey collection yet.”

It’ll be dinner only, closed Sunday. Phone: 331-3047.

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