New sports bar named for wedding anniversary has its grand opening in Johnston
You can tell a lot about a person based on whether they’re a cat person or a dog person, and it turns out the same goes for beer.
A new restaurant and sports bar in Johnston is having its grand opening.
Five19 Restaurant and Bar at 8460 Birchwood Court in Johnston is hosting its official grand opening party all day on Saturday, Jan. 12. The restaurant took over the space formerly occupied by Legends American Grill.
The grand opening will feature prize raffles and food and drink specials from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Local rock band Suede will perform from 7 to 11 p.m.
Food specials will run all day with breakfast, nachos, burgers, fried chicken sandwiches, protein plates with sides, and a chopped salad for $5.19. A sirloin and jumbo shrimp surf and turf special with sautéed veggies and a choice of potato will be $15.19.
Enjoy $1 off all draft beer and Moscow Mules. Five19 shots like berry, loopy and lemon drop are all $3 while martinis like lemon drop, apple and orange cream are all $5.19.
Five19 is open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, serving approachable American food and comfort classics like hand-battered onion rings and spicy tots, traditional and boneless wings, salads, burgers, sandwiches — including hand-breaded pork tenderloin, entrees and desserts.
"Our biggest goal here is to give people great service and good food for a decent price," said general manager Derry Parker. She said Five19 is both kid-friendly and family-friendly.
Five19 kept much of Legends American Grill's sports theme and now features over 20 TVs for sports-watching and a private space for parties and meetings.
A lunch menu is served from Monday through Friday with smaller and more inexpensive plates such as soups, salads, burgers, sandwiched and wraps with a selection of sides ($7 to $9). Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and includes breakfast items.
The main menu features plenty of apps and share plates like avocado toasts made with garlic bread and topped with pico de gallo, fried mushrooms with ranch, hand-battered onion rings, nachos with chicken or ground beef, spicy spinach dip and quesadillas ($6 to $11).
Tater tots can be ordered plain; loaded with cheddar cheese, bacon and ranch; or spicy with queso, red onions, green chilies, fresh jalapeños and sour cream ($5 to $8).
Traditional bone-in wings can be ordered breaded or naked while boneless wings come breaded — and all are served with celery and a choice of ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping ($6 to $12). Wings can be tossed in sauces like barbecue, buffalo, honey-garlic, sweet chili, Kickin' Bourbon and mango-habanero. Hand-breaded chicken strips are also available with a choice of sauces like honey mustard and barbecue ($10).
Plenty of salads, sandwiches and burgers make the menu include an Asian grilled chicken salad with mandarin oranges, green onions, bell pepper and crispy chow mein noodles with Asian dressing; a Country Burger with cheddar cheese, bacon, homemade onion rings, barbecue sauce, lettuce and mayo; and the Five19 sandwich — hand-breaded fried chicken breast with lettuce, tomato and mayo ($8 to $12).
Dinner classics abound like hand-cut steaks, meatloaf, chicken-fried steak, an Iowa pork chop with a spicy apricot glaze, baby back ribs, and blackened salmon with a sweet jalapeño glaze ($12 to $23). A full line of starch and veggie sides is ready to accompany the meal and premium sides like asparagus, side salads and a baked potato are a dollar extra.
Kids can enjoy grilled cheese sandwiches, grilled peanut butter and jelly and mac and cheese — all served with fries and a drink for $5.
New York-style cheesecake, homemade seasonal cobblers with ice cream, chocolate sheet cake with pecans and vanilla ice cream sundaes deliver a sweet ending to your meal.
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Happy hour is Monday through Friday with draft beer $1 off. There are 20 rotating assorted beers on tap including local selections from Exile and Peace Tree.
During football games, special deals like $8 burgers, discounts on wings, $3 16-ounce tall boys and $13 5-bottle buckets of beer can be found here.
The drink menu consists of about 35 creative cocktails and mules ($4.25 to $8.50). Here are some highlights:
- Orange Raspberry Fizz — 1800 Silver Tequila, strawberry puree, simple syrup, orange juice, lemon juice and a splash of club soda
- Spicy Mule — Svedka Jalapeno Grapfruit Vodka, lime juice, ginger beer and a jalapeno ring
- Personality — Svedka Vanilla Vodka, banana liqueur, Bacardi 151, pineapple juice and grenadine.
- 519 Apple — Crown Royal Apple and cranberry juice.
Dreaming Tree wines by the glass and by the bottle ($8; $30) and individual 187-ml wines from Barefoot ($6).
Five19 also has monthly food and drink specials as well as nightly specials.
The people who made Five19 happen
The restaurant opened on Sept. 6, 2018, and is owned by Amy and Doug Lull of Cumming. The couple named the new restaurant after their wedding date, which was May 19, 2017. Amy Lull is a nurse and Doug Lull owns a commercial cleaning business.
Parker is Doug Lull's cousin and moved to Des Moines from Oklahoma City to manage the restaurant. She's a 20-year food industry veteran who opened 11 restaurants for Henry Hudson's Public House and Emerging Brands.
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Five 19 Restaurant and Bar
Location: 8460 Birchwood Court, Johnston
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.