It started as a food truck in July of 2012.

A few months later, on December 30, 2012, The Salty Fig opened for business at 901 King Street.

This month, restaurant owners and brothers Jeff and John Stanford will unveil their latest venture: The Blind Rabbit.

A mural painted by Jacksonville artist Shaun Thurston embodies the blind rabbit.

Preparation is nearly complete in the new restaurant site located at 311 Third Street North: the space formerly occupied by Dick’s Wings/Beaches Wings and Grill.  The Blind Rabbit, with a menu featuring gourmet burgers and moonshine, was named to invoke the spirit of the speakeasies of the 1920’s.

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“The term speakeasy, derived from the practice of asking patrons to be quiet about the illegal bar’s location, is rather self-explanatory. The same for blind tiger (or blind pig), which, in counties or municipalities that had voted themselves ‘dry’, is what they called those places that charged admission to view, say, a pig painted in stripes or other such ‘exotic’ creatures. Admission, surely by coincidence, included a free glass of whisky.” –Oxford Dictionary

 

Unlike a speakeasy, The Blind Rabbit won’t require a password to get in: just a hearty appetite.  This “burger and whiskey bar” will feature towering burgers with a half pound blend of brisket, chuck and short rib meat topped with choices of toppings including whiskey-smoked onions, fried green tomatoes, Intuition Ale braised pork belly…

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To wash down your juicy burger, try one of the craft cocktails from the bar made with bourbon or moonshine.  You can even order a “hard milkshake” with bourbon in it.

Fans of the Salty Fig will be happy to see some of their favorites on the menu here as well, including the Gorgonzola chips and the pork belly and fried oyster hand-held.  Fans of the former occupants of the space will be happy to see the new menu still features wings: “Rabbit Wings.”

Rabbit Wings!