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Chippewa's Soho Burger Bar restaurant to take upscale step

After Christmas, Soho Burger Bar will revert to its original name and nudge its menu a notch finer.

Soho, 64 W. Chippewa St., will still turn into a nightclub towards midnight, said owner Jay Manno. But earlier in the day, the restaurant will aim to offer "fine-dining quality and service in a fun, casual atmosphere," he said.

The changes take effect Dec. 26, he said.

The spot began in 1999 as Soho Bar. After the nightclub shifted to burger bar format in 2011, it started selling more food in addition to drinks, and growing a lunch and events business.

"We'll be doing the nightlife thing later on, but we're so many things to so many people," Manno said.

Soho Burger Bar on Chippewa Street hosted Martinis and Mistletoe, the bar-restaurant's holiday party on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. Drink and shot specials, plus complimentary ho… 

The new menu will keep the most popular burgers, and the truffle tater tots. It'll also make permanent some of the most popular weekly specials. "

Soho's goal is to have "a little something for everyone," Manno said. New appetizers include bacon-wrapped dates ($8), shrimp and grits ($15), cherry pepper-rubbed pork shanks with cherry-pepper relish ($12).

Entrée standards include a NY strip steak ($32), blackened catfish ($17) with red beans and rice, and pan-seared chicken with lardons, cheddar mashed potatoes, and pan gravy ($18).

Soho will keep serving lunch and dinner every day, with Sunday brunch until 4 p.m. Phone: 856-7646.

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