The lush life

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October 25, 2010
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

How about some scrambled eggs while Lady Gaga blares in the background?

Or maybe a blue martini with some “skinny” fries (fresh potato chips with herbed truffle dip)?

If those options sound intriguing, you’ll want to head to Lush Food Bar — a gay bar on Central that has become a hotspot in Northeast. If you’re not a regular, it can be sort of hard to spot. It’s tucked in a drab beige-colored industrial building, which formerly housed an auto-repair shop kitty corner from the Vegas Lounge. But once inside Lush, the place pops with bright-blue furniture, eye-catching light fixtures and tons of flat-screen TVs playing music videos.

When I visited on a recent unseasonably warm Sunday morning, the outdoor patio was packed with folks, including many people who had been on the streets the night before for the ever-popular Zombie Pub Crawl. It provided great people and dog watching (pooches are allowed to hang out in the outdoor dining area).

The brunch deal is $18 for all you can eat scrambled eggs loaded with veggies, American potatoes, bacon, sausage and French Meadow wheat toast. The food isn’t spectacular, but a great deal if you have a big appetite and are with a group of friends. The special includes bottomless mimosas, too.

Lush, owned by Ty Hoffman and Kelly Phillips, opened in the summer of 2009. Since then, it has attracted quite a following. Its Facebook page has more than 2,600 fans.

The bar has several happy hour deals. Besides the $18 brunch special on “Sinful Sundays,” two-for-ones are available Wednesday through Saturday, 4–7 p.m., and 2–4 p.m. on Sunday. Other happy hour specials include “Buckwild Wednesdays,” $1 domestic taps and rails from 9 p.m.–2 a.m.; “Show Tunes” on Thursdays, two-for ones 4–7 p.m.; and “Free Drink Fridays,” one free drink per costumer.

The bar is hosting a Halloween costume contest at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30. DJ Jon Herseth will be spinning “ghoulish melodies” for bar goers.

Lush Food Bar
990 Central Ave. NE
4 p.m.–2 a.m. Wednesday–Friday
11 a.m.–2 a.m. Saturday–Sunday