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New East End whiskey bar offers late night kitchen


Doc Holliday, a well-known member of Wyatt Earp's posse, was a notorious gambler. In a way, it's a fitting name: Jon Wegman and Chris and Greg Joy are rolling their own dice on a new East End venture, Doc Holliday's American Whiskey Bar and Grill (7 Lawrence Street).

Greg and Chris Joy have been in the bar and restaurant business for years. The brothers opened the South Wedge Colony Bar and Grille on South Avenue and the American Burger Bar and Beer Boutique in Greece, and in fact, many of the menu items at Doc Holliday's borrow from the American Burger Bar menu. Greg is in the kitchen creating menu items like The Holy Grail ($12), a burger sandwiched between two grilled cheese sandwiches and loaded with cheese, bacon, mayo, pickles, lettuce, tomato, and onion.

Have you ever been getting down on a trash plate and thought to yourself, "I'm a busy person; I wish I could walk and eat this at the same time"? Enter the Colony Cup ($6), a 32-ounce cup filled with tater tots, meat sauce, macaroni salad, and more meat sauce. The kitchen at Doc Holliday's is open until 1:45 a.m., a bonus for the East End crowds that need a plate after a night of boozing.

The Baja Plate ($16) pairs either chicken or Angus beef with your choice of fries, tater tots, or mac salad, and then tops the whole thing off with chopped bacon, onion rings, and barbecue mayo. Vegetarians won't find much on the menu beyond appetizers, like the fried ravioli served with marinara sauce ($5) or the fried jalapeño chips ($5).

Wegman says he sees Lawrence Street as a central location for music in the East End, with Anthology right across the street, and he plans to have live music at Doc Holliday's. The space includes a patio out front with a fire pit.

And true to its name, Doc Holliday's has more than 20 different whiskeys available, along with craft beer and a cocktail list.

Doc Holliday's American Whiskey Bar and Grille is located at 7 Lawrence Street, and is open Wednesday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Saturday, 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. You can find them on Facebook at

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