573 Magazine Nov 2017 - Page 90

573: What makes Barrel 131 different? JH: Barrel is different because we strive to get people to talk to each other. We give people grief if they have their phones out. We are trying to create more of a social atmosphere that we think people are craving! Also, having a light food menu makes it a natural place to sit and enjoy your visit with a nice glass of wine, a beer, or a craft cocktail that we have created. RM: Barrel 131 is more of an experience. We offer guests the chance to sit and enjoy a conversation. I love looking around and seeing guests talking to each other instead of sitting on their phone. We are the place to disconnect for a while. You won’t find a TV on or the music too loud. You’ll find an enjoyable atmosphere. 573: What are your plans for the future? JH: We are currently in the process of finishing out the basement to have a banquet room.  It should be open for the holidays on a limited basis. RM: Joe and Michelle always laugh at me because I can’t help but toss out different ideas for the future. We’ll have to see what else develops. Of course, they can’t do this by themselves. Ronnie and Joe readily acknowledge the people that help them out. They immediately give praise to their wives, Michelle and Jessica. Kudos also goes to Allison (Joe’s daughter) who is the manager, and Caleb, the assistant manager. The thing often heard about the Barrel 131 staff is their friendliness and product knowledge. The selection of wine, beer, and spirits at Barrel 131 is ever evolving and deserves frequent visits (that advice from a sommelier) to appreciate fully. They have tastings of their various offerings on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Check them out and tell them you read about it in 573 Magazine. Beer Cheese Dip with Pita Chips Spinach and Artichoke Flatbread   Barrel 131 131 S High St. Jackson, MO 63755 573-204-9131 barrel131.com