Small Bites: Vanuatu Kava Bar moves to Eagle Street

A different kind of bar: Can an alcohol-free bar be relaxing? It’s the effort of the Vanuatu Kava Bar to prove just that. Photos by Max Cooper

The Vanuatu Kava Bar has moved to a new location at 15 Eagle St. and now offers a very affordable lunch. The alcohol-free bar serves kava, a root-based drink that’s said to offer relaxation without disturbing mental clarity. The venue also offers smoothies, various teas and other beverages.

Owner Andrew Procyk recently brought a new chef on board, he says. "We recently hired Max Melner, who worked at the Westville Pub for years, made quite a tasty shrimp and grits and plays at their jam," says Procyk. "We are confident he can take our foodstuffs to the next level, as well as play an amazing show now and then." The kava bar now offers a full lunch menu from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on weekdays with a number of vegetarian items. Lunch offerings include a seitan gyro or tempeh Reuben for $6.50, a variety of “soysages” for $3.50 and two shrimp kebabs for $5. There’s also a $1 menu that includes a Nutella and marshmallow Fluff sandwich.

A limited food menu will also be available for the remainder of the bar's business hours. Procyk reports that the kava bar will begin serving a "Melanesian-style" brunch on Sundays beginning in March.

The kava bar is open from 11 a.m. until 1 a.m. daily, except for Monday when the bar closes at midnight. For more information, visit http://vanuatukavabar.com.

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