Blood & Sand Set To Expand With Second Location, Death In The Afternoon

By Molly Rippinger
In Food

Owners of Blood & Sand, TJ Vytlacil and Adam Frager, announced a new venture called Death in the Afternoon, slated to open this spring in the vacant restaurant space at Citygarden (formerly Joe’s Chili Bowl at The Terrace View).

Image by Molly Rippinger

Image by Molly Rippinger

The news came from an email sent out last night to the members of Blood & Sand, in which owners shared their excitement about the project.

“It [Citygarden] is an acclaimed urban oasis that is truly special and is an incredible asset for our city. We are elated at the opportunity to make it even more of a destination.”

We had a chance to chat with co-owner Frager, who explained the concept for Death in the Afternoon as being an approachable lunch destination for Downtown. New Executive Chef Nick Martinkovic is creating a menu that will cater to the business crowd with a comfortable price point as well as a convenient grab-and-go area. Frager assured the high quality and creativity guests enjoy at Blood & Sand will translate to Death in the Afternoon.

“It’s going to be food everyone knows and enjoys and loves, but hopefully done just extremely well,” said Frager.

While the focus at Death in the Afternoon will be on food, there will also be a modest beverage program offering local draft beers, a small boutique wine list and perhaps a few simple cocktails. Considering the clientele and time of day, they look more toward developing nonalcoholic beverages like agua frescas, healthy waters and housemade ginger beers.

Inside the space there will be an estimated 55 seats with an additional 75 on the patio. There will be no structural changes, but accents will be added to embrace the charm of Citygarden.

“Our primary intention is to make the feel and the beauty of the park more integrated into the restaurant,” said Frager.

Death in the Afternoon will be a public restaurant and the space will be available for private events in the evenings. 808 Chestnut St., Downtown.

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