Under new management, Red Brick Bar & Grill is looking to add more entertainment during the week for downtown Turlock’s crowds of all ages while still providing the weekend nightlife it’s become known for.
“We want to have a place for the young crowd to come in, but I also want to give a destination for the other, older crowd to come in,” Red Brick’s new general manager Joe Morais said.
Morais was recently hired by Red Brick owners Steve Backus and Ed Samo to oversee operations at the popular bar and restaurant. As former manager of Vintage Lounge & Piano Bar, where The Grand Cru now sits, Morais said that he wanted to help fill the void left behind by the lounge for some of Turlock’s more seasoned bar veterans.
“I’ve had all kinds of people come up to me that were regulars of mine and say that they miss the Vintage Lounge atmosphere and have nowhere to go,” Morais said.
Red Brick will soon begin utilizing its patio “more than ever,” Morais said, which recently received some renovations including a newly-constructed fence near the seating area, reupholstered booth seating and eventually will also feature ceiling fans to help keep patrons cool.
Comedy Night, a popular staple at Vintage Lounge, will return to downtown at Red Brick on the first Thursday of every month. Because of the Fourth of July holiday this month, however, July’s Comedy Night — and Red Brick’s first — will be held at 7:30 p.m. July 12, featuring Bay Area comedians Myles Weber and Tavi.
In addition to Comedy Night, Morais hopes to entice weekday patrons with a weekly Ladies Night on Wednesdays beginning in August, which will feature live entertainment on the patio and drink specials for women.
“Entertainment will probably get going around seven at night, and the live music will be like what we used to play at Vintage,” Morais said. “A lot of ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s.”
While Red Brick may be catering to a different crowd during the week, the bar will still foster the same club-like atmosphere that makes it a trendy destination for young adults on the weekend.
“Friday and Saturday nights will still be that club atmosphere for the younger kids, and they don’t need to worry because most older people are home by 10 o’clock anyways,” Morais said.
Another change coming to Red Brick is a complete menu overhaul, he added, which will see the bar go from serving full dinners to smaller, appetizer-like plates known as tapas, like tacos and small burgers. The change came as a result of low menu sales, he said, and a more bar-friendly selection was created.
“It’s all small, good stuff they can really enjoy,” Morais said.
Red Brick Bar & Grill will be open 5 p.m. to midnight Tuesday through Thursday and 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday through Saturday. It is located at 153 S. Broadway.