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Enjoy a taste of nostalgia at Grand Manor and the Apothecary Bar & Lounge

Rob Munro (right), co-owner of the Grand Manor and the Apothecary Bar & Lounge, stands alongside other members of the staff at his new restaurant in Granby.
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Out on Granby’s southern edge, tucked away inside the Inn at SilverCreek, you will find one of Grand County’s newest establishments, the Grand Manor and the Apothecary Bar & Lounge.

The Grand Manor and the Apothecary Bar & Lounge is the latest business venture of Granby residents and local entrepreneurs Rob and Karen Munro; who also own the Mountain Beast Gym in Granby. The Grand Manor and the Apothecary Bar & Lounge is a throwback to bygone days, a refined yet unpretentious dining experience with more than a subtle hint of nostalgia for the smoking lounges and supper clubs that were once defining features of Americana.

The Munros opened the Grand Manor and the Apothecary in mid-June after several months of dedicated work preparing the space at the Inn at SilverCreek. The interior of their new restaurant and bar is an homage to prohibition era speakeasies heavily influenced by the popular steampunk design style. Soft leather chairs rest against an all copper bar top surrounded by warm wood paneling with a quiet and sophisticated ambiance.

The name of the bar and lounge, the Apothecary, is a reference to Prohibition era America wherein the only legal method of acquiring alcohol was by prescription through a pharmacy, or apothecary.

“It represents a period in time that changed the history of our country,” Rob Munro said. “As time goes by people tend to take things for granted. Around 100 year ago the only way to be legally allowed to drink was with a doctor’s prescription. It is an indirect way of telling people not to take it for granted and to do it responsibly.”

Karen Munro echoed his sentiments.

“We have an appreciation for what was going on at that time,” she said. “A lot of people take the existence of bars, and access to alcohol, for granted. We have a lot of appreciation for that time period, for that elegance. There was a style to it.”

As its name implies, the Apothecary puts a special emphasis on mixed drinks and historic cocktails. Along with their menu of traditional lounge favorites the Apothecary offers an extraordinary option for imbibing spirits.

You can order a traditional absinthe served with sugar and ice water poured through an absinthe spoon. They also make a fresh pitcher of red sangria daily. The Apothecary also offers live music on a regular basis with local musician Brad Pregeant often performing jazz piano.

“It was like a scene from Casablanca,” Munro said, remembering a recent evening when a pair of patrons joined Pregeant for an impromptu performance. “To be able to create our own scenes like that is wonderful. We are not a saloon or a cowboy bar. We have a more mature audience. But we want to be a welcoming place.”

The Grand Manor’s menu is a culinary tour of sorts with Mediterranean and Caribbean classics alongside Continental fare and even some traditional American favorites. Filet mignon can be found alongside the Cuban style churrasco skirt steak and Cajun style blackened shrimp is offered up with melon prosciutto skewers and beef empanadas.

The Grand Manor and the Apothecary Bar & Lounge is open seven days a week from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. with happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. They also offer a Sunday breakfast buffet from 8 a.m. to noon. You can check them out online at http://www.grandmanorllc.com or by looking them up on Facebook. You can reach them by phone at 970-509-9535.

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