Seasonal beers, art and burgers may catch some a little off guard when looking for the old Piper's Kilt bar and grill in Kingsbridge.
That’s because everything at the 170 W. 231st St., eatery has changed — including the name.
Patrons entering The Bronx Public immediately take note of the artistic renovation, which pays homage to the borough with bold graffiti, Bronx beer, a diverse menu, and murals celebrating Bronx culture.
Bronx Public owner Seth Kaplan was inspired to change the bar to attract a younger crowd.
“The change is modern to match the aesthetic of the neighborhood,” Kaplan said.
Although it had just undergone a name change some weeks before, Kaplan and his partner Joe Irizzary came to the conclusion last June, the classic hangout needed a revamp.
“We tried to keep it true to the Bronx and bring something the newer generation can enjoy, just like the older generation enjoyed The Kilt,” Kaplan said.
Bronx Public also provides interesting ways to keep a younger crowd entertained during football halftime and other overall downtime, with classic games like Jenga and Connect Four always available. The eatery also offers half-priced burgers on Mondays and an all-night happy hour on Wednesdays.
“The change is impressive,” said Elvis Garcia, a Kingsbridge resident who frequents the bar. “The art and the staff, too. They stand out, and the bar makes a statement.”
But that’s not to say the bar doesn’t face challenges in the face of stiff competition.
“The biggest thing we try to do is try and create a team that is working towards the same goal,” Kaplan said. “What is difficult is trying to get people in the kitchen and in front of the house to understand and harmonize. But once it does, it’s a really beautiful thing.”
With a new aesthetic, the Bronx Public stands out against many of the local bars in the neighborhood.
“We look forward to staying a neighborhood staple,” Kaplan said. ”The name change is only the beginning.”