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Harley Gray Kitchen & Bar Surfaces in Gathering's Spot

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[Photos: Mike Newton]

Harley Gray Kitchen & Bar, the new restaurant which took over The Gathering's space when it shuttered in January, has soft opened in Mission Hills.

When asked why his concept was chosen over the many others vying for the location, owner and proprietor John Ealy that he thinks The Gathering owner Dan Thomas, who is still the property's landlord, liked the spirit of family in the Ealy's proposal. Thomas' sister was a waitress at The Gathering for many years and together, Ealy and his sister Jill run the Boathouse on Harbor Island and other restaurants in Maui and Northern California; Harley Gray is a mash-up of Ealy's nieces' names.

Though their other ventures are high-volume, waterfront restaurants, Ealy, who lives in Mission Hills, said they wanted Harley Gray to be a casual, neighborhood eatery. The all-day menu has salads, sandwiches and shareable platters; entrees offered after 5 p.m. include stout-braised short ribs, a grilled pork chop and a seafood stew.

Starting next week, Harley Gray will be open for lunch and plans to debut Sunday brunch on Mother's Day. Their daily happy hour, from 3 to 6 p.m., includes $5 appetizers and drink deals, including $2 margaritas and sangria.

Ealy says the restaurant has applied to extend their outdoor seating on Goldfinch Street and build a new sidewalk patio on the side facing Washington Street.
· Harley Gray Kitchen & Bar [Official Site]
· All Eater Inside Coverage [~ESD~]

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