First Look: The Baileys Range at Shaw
It took just over five years, with red tape and a pandemic delaying the project, but Baileys Chain is now open at 4175 Shaw Boulevard in the Shaw neighborhood.
The restaurant is Baileys’ Range’s second location, and the latest addition to the Bailey’s Restaurants collection, which also includes Rooster, small batch, Bridge Tap House and Wine Barthe recently reopened Popularand Baileys chocolate barwhich has not yet reopened.
Baileys’ Restaurants took possession of the building in early 2017 under a landmark tax credit agreement. Although the Baileys immediately set to work on architecture and design, the project quickly became bogged down in bureaucracy. Co-owner David Bailey explained that while a landmark tax approval process for Rooster on South Grand was completed in less than 90 days, they waited nearly a year for a response to submitted plans for Baileys’ Range, only to that the plans are rejected. .
“I had to completely redesign the whole flow and the whole kitchen layout,” David Bailey said. The project went through the same process again, before the Covid-19 pandemics brought development to a complete halt. The rehab was finally able to start in the summer of 2021.
The restaurant builds on the original cinder block structure of the service station, with garage doors replicating the original doors on the front facade and some decorative elements acknowledging the site’s history. However, at 4,800 square feet, Baileys’ Range is three times larger than the building’s original footprint, largely due to the addition of a huge dining area at the rear of the building. This sunny back room mirrors the entrance, with garage doors on two sides that open on sunny days. There are also tables in the front room where the bar is, and a small room to the left of the entrance. The restaurant seats 210 inside, with room for around 70 more on the large patio facing Shaw Boulevard.
Co-owner Kara Bailey designed the interior, with pastel accent walls and murals lending a splash of color and fun to the space. “The design aesthetic basically started knowing that we were doing a historic rehabilitation on the front building,” said David Bailey. “So we were going to have those garage doors rebuilt to honor the structure as a gas station, but also make it light, airy, and bright.”
The menu is identical to that of downtown Baileys’ Range, but it’s worth noting that the offerings have been overhauled in recent months by Baileys’ Restaurant Group’s culinary director, Cassy Vires (formerly known for her Home Wine Kitchen restaurants and Table, as well as stays at places like Juniper and Winslow’s Home). The burger-centric selection includes longtime favorites like the Ballpark Pretzel Burger (two patties with bacon, beer cheese sauce, Dijon mustard, and onion rings on a pretzel bun), as well as the new burger Luau, which is topped with grilled pineapple. , marinated red onion, coleslaw, Korean BBQ sauce and homemade pickles.
The arrival of a second Baileys’ Range location heralds a change to the restaurant’s long-running Burger Battle. The battle pitches two burgers into a head-to-head battle for customer approval, with the most-ordered burger over a two-week period remaining to battle another day. “Now it’s going to be Shaw vs. Downtown, for the foreseeable future,” David Bailey said. “Each kitchen will offer a [burger] every week.” On the Shaw side, Executive Chef Nate Pohlman plays a starring role in creating these battling burgers.
Rounding out the menu are appetizers to share like fried house pickles, fried cheese curds, smoked wings and loaded fries, plus a few salads and sandwiches.
As for drinks, the bar is stocked with local craft beers and you can refresh yourself with a glass or pitcher of one of the restaurant’s alcoholic lemonades. Baileys staples including shakes and ice cream floats, plus a few alcoholic options,
Baileys’ Range in Shaw operates temporary opening hours from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, but with plans to extend those hours as the restaurant settles into its stride.