New business — With completion of second half, First Street restaurant fully open for business

After opening its tavern in November, Ruddick/Wood has opened the doors to the dining room side, making the restaurant complete.

“We’re excited for it, to just be fully open,” said co-owner Paul Losch.

The dining room opened April 15 and will shift some of the services currently offered around.

“Basically we’ve been running a full dinner menu at the back, at the bar, it’ll switch to be a little bit more true tavern style, a little more rustic with less full meals, except for late night,” Losch said.

While the dining room will have more of a “food focus,” offering full entrees and have a larger menu, “It’ll still be casual, but still be a little more focused on food dishes,” he said.

Another perk of finishing the second half will be street presence, he said.

“Every day we’ll be standing outside doing work and people will walk up and ask, ‘Is this a new place?’ We’ve been open for five months actually,” Losch said. “There’s a certain circle that knows about us, but … there’s a fair amount of people who don’t realize we’re just around the corner.”

But that hasn’t stopped the tavern from being successful.

“It’s been definitely a good thing and a platform to see what works and what doesn’t work,” he said. “It’s been keeping us afloat so far, getting us to where we need to be to get this side open, which was always the intention from the beginning.”

The dining room will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and stay open until 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with hours from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sundays.

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