Addison Gets Schooled

Area-coded Public School 972 gastropub will give Addison lessons in beer

Area-coded Public School 972 gastropub to give Addison lessons in beer

Public School cheese plate and beer sampler
Public School will focus on craft beers instead of national brands. Photo courtesy of Public School
Burger at Public School gastropub
Public School will bring gastropub fare. Photo courtesy of Public School
Public School cheese plate and beer sampler
Burger at Public School gastropub

With a Public School 214 set to open at West Village by the end of January, the California-based restaurant concept has another ZIP area code in the works: Public School 972. It will open at 14854 Montfort Ave. — the old Mi Piaci space — in fall 2015, along the popular stretch bordering Dallas and Addison.

"This location has such a vibrant energy and gorgeous ambience," says founder Bob Spivak in a release. "It's the perfect way to introduce the Addison area to our definition of a gastropub."

Public School's motto is "an education in the art of food and beer." Each branch features a ZIP area code corresponding to its city.

The Public School 972 menu, created by chef Phil Kastel, will feature seasonal gastropub fare alongside an exclusively craft beer menu, artisanal cocktails and a sommelier-curated wine list that includes wine on tap.

Mike Weinstock, alongside Kelly Architects, will design the approximately 7,300-square-foot space, which will encompass a 2,400-square-foot outdoor dining area with three separate patios overlooking the adjacent waterfront. The décor will evoke nostalgic memories of a classroom, with communal tables, booths and several art installations that incorporate school equipment.

The restaurant will also play host to beer and cocktail classes, generally held every two to three months and exclusively promoted through Public School's Honor Roll email database.

The West Village branch is slated to open January 29, at the base of the 3700M building on McKinney Avenue. The bar features 24 craft beers — more than half of them rotating seasonal and regional brews — plus cocktails and wine on tap. "Recess," aka happy hour, will bring a smattering of $4, $5, $6 or $7 items such as speck and eggs, Parmesan truffle fries, and mac and cheese.

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