The neighborhood joint is again welcoming the neighbors.
After a soft opening, the Naglee Park Garage will reopen today, June 14, thanks to the efforts of a restaurant industry veteran who moved to the area and fell in love with the quirky spot nestled in this close-knit neighborhood near San Jose State University.
The restaurant had closed last May after a 12-year run that even drew the attention of Food Network star Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”
Owner Mark Ostrowski (Farmers Union, Levi’s Stadium, Anchor & Hope) aims to make good on his plan to “re-create an environment that the neighborhood will embrace again.”
To wit, he’s retained the look, the bricks, the bar and the homey vibe of the former garage at 11th and San Carlos streets. The restaurant still seats 28 and the patio 72.
What’s new? Table service will replace the Garage’s old model of counter ordering.
On the menu, diners will find a small, defined array of dishes that this small kitchen can execute well, Ostrowski said.
Call it “globally influenced neighborhood cuisine,” he said, adding that former owner “Lou (Silva) was always experimenting. We want to push the envelope even further.”.
Among the dishes on the inaugural menu are Spicy Skillet Prawns with chorizo and polenta; Cast Iron Chicken Thighs with wild mushrooms; Chilled Summer Corn Soup with basil and roasted corn relish; Fried Chicken Chicharrones with a Fresno chile glaze and Point Reyes blue; and Peruvian Mango Ceviche with wild-caught mahi mahi and aji amarillo.
Naturally, there are riffs on the Naglee Park faves: This new half-pound Garage Burger comes with white cheddar, caramelized onions and herb aioli on an Acme bun and is served with sea-salt fries. And local Brussels sprouts are pan-fried with Molinari pancetta, shallots and organic honey.
For dessert there’s Vanilla Bread Pudding with orange-cardamom whipped cream and bourbon caramel sauce.
Dinner will be served from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Brunch hours will be added later. Details: 505 E. San Carlos St., San Jose; Facebook.com/nagleeparkgarage.
Naglee Park Garage reopens; here’s the new menu