The Nash, a restaurant and bar located inside the Indian Motorcycle Dealership at 522 6th St., opened on Tuesday.
The venture is a labor of love that reflects food, family and a commitment to helping build Racine.
Mark Porcaro owns the dealership. But Mark and his brother Anthony commissioned Ray Stibeck, owner of Route 20 Outhouse, to help them build the bar.
Indian Motorcycle Racine opened its doors two years ago. Mark and Anthony had always talked about putting in a bar and maybe having a little kitchen for food since a restaurant had already been in the building. And then the project morphed into something bigger than they could have imagined.
“The little kitchen grew into a big kitchen… and now it is what it is today,” Anthony said. “You know how they always rip the walls down to the studs in those home and garden TV shows and the whole thing just isn’t what they initially envisioned… that’s how this went.”
Anthony, Stibeck and Nash manager Randy Treu are minority owners.
“At first we were going to call it the Thunderstroke Bar and Grill since the Thunderstroke is the name of the engine in Indian Motorcycles,” Anthony explained.
But too many issues kept that from happening. It was only when Mark and Anthony’s dad Anthony Senior died on Jan. 26 at the age of 99-years-old that they came up with The Nash. Their family had ties to The Nash Motor Company, the company that preceded American Motors in Kenosha.
The brothers knew their mother Yolanda worked as a secretary for the president of the company and Anthony Senior had a Nash Ambassador. Anthony Senior needed a part, and Yolanda told him she could get him the part.
“The next day the president of the company got him the part, she gave it to him and it brought the two of them together,” Anthony said. “I even have pictures of my dad with the 1941 Nash Ambassador.”
Throughout the restaurant, photos of family are hung in the hallways and above the stairs.
The family also plans to bring in other family members to teach staff how to cook Yolanda’s sauce.
The restaurant features a rustic feel with wood and metal motif. But there’s also a warmth and homey feel, a place where people can come and have a casual meal and drinks with friends and family. A second floor deck off of the building will also allow guests to enjoy an outdoor concert when the weather turns warm. A party room also allows people to visit for celebrations and private meetings.
“We have a lot of love for this city and we wanted to see it grow,” Anthony said. “That’s why we invested in the City of Racine.”
The menu features mainly burgers, upscale bar food and comfort food, including bacon wrapped meatloaf, pot roast and spaghetti with meatballs.
“We’ve also got some unique items, like our wings where we incorporate Jack Daniels flavors in our wing sauce,” Treu said.
If you GO:
Who: The Nash
Where: 522 6th St.
When: Monday through Thursday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the kitchen, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. for the bar. Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for the kitchen, and 11 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. for the bar.