Exclusive: Lua’s sister spot, Either/Or, set to open

Soon to come: fried Oaxaca cheese at Either/Or.

Writer: Karla Walsh

Calling all 
Lua lovers: In just a few short weeks, you’ll have another place to satisfy your cravings for “smush burgers,” sour beers, IPAs, lagers, ales and the business’ signature hospitality. Its highly anticipated spinoff, Either/Or, is expected to open between Sept. 15 and 30 at 6222 Grand Ave. It’ll be a prime spot for couples on a first date, parents with kiddos who need to run off some energy, corporate groups and, come spring, music fans before and after concerts at the soon-to-reopen Val Air Ballroom.

Owners Scott and Whitney Selix and Zack Dunbar knew it was time to open a second location after the Lua Brewing
 culinary team approached them with a desire to grow beyond their popular spot in Sherman Hill. Their timing was spot on: A former auto parts store was up for grabs on 1 1/2 acres near 63rd Street and Grand Avenue, near a bike trail, soccer fields and the outdoor volleyball courts at the Sands.

So what makes Either/Or different from Lua? “It will focus more closely on cuisine,” general manager Natalie Shimp said. The new spot will “provide our community with intentional, well-crafted and elevated yet familiar dishes that have something for everyone.”

To make her case, she offered dsm exclusive photos of their seared scallops, New York strip Steak de Burgo, vegan cold buckwheat noodle salad and what she called the “soon-to-be-famous fried bologna sandwich.” Either/Or also will offer the Lua Smush Burger and a new E/O Burger.

The culinary trio that oversees the Lua kitchen — James Arbaugh, Megan Snyder and Cesar Vargas — will also head up the kitchen at Either/Or. So diners can expect to pair their savory and sweet creations with a menu of draft beers, wines, craft cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks, including Lua’s popular Climbing Kites cannabis-infused sparkling water.

Beyond the menu, Either/Or’s indoor/outdoor design includes a family-friendly playscape, a private event space for up to 50 guests, and a dining room that Shimp describes as “eclectic, warm and homey.” For updates on the grand opening and new weekend brunches soon after, follow Either/Or on Facebook and Instagram for updates on the grand opening and, soon after, brunches every Saturday and Sunday.

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