This summer you can park your butt at the Rear End Gastropub & Garage and take your taste buds on a road trip.
Located in a former 1940s-era service station, the eatery at 399 Butler St. in Etna will open during the first week of July.
Decades ago, before the interstate highway system was built, families piled in their cars and cruised down scenic routes that snaked through small towns from coast to coast. Each stop was a chance to experience regional culture and cuisine.
That’s the inspiration driving the Rear End: a gastronomic journey across America.
Etna-based developer Mike Rios, who is opening the spot with his father Joe Rios and his business partner Maria Paterra, says the menu will rotate quarterly, offering creative, yet approachable roadside grub.
Chef Anthony Tripi will use burgers and sandwiches as blank canvases, adding myriad fresh ingredients to reflect different traditions from across the country. The restaurant will host events, such as crawfish boils, every time the menu changes.
Given the building’s history, the eatery will have an automotive aesthetic, including car parts built into the décor and nine garage doors that open onto dog-friendly patios. Rear End also boasts its own parking lot.
The bar will feature 20 taps; one will be reserved for the Rear End’s house beer, Dented Fender Kolsch made by Slippery Rock’s North Country Brewing Co., while two “traveling…