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Anticipated upscale restaurant in historic building with small plates & craft cocktails now open

Anticipated upscale restaurant in historic building with small plates & craft cocktails now open

Sav McKee

A new restaurant is the talk of the town these days, already becoming a popular spot for smoked manhattans and cured wagyu carpaccio.

24 Main, located in New Albany (at 24 E. Main St. of course), sources fine, local ingredients to “curate a menu that feels like a global getaway,” according to their website. Their menu highlights thoughtful small plates, which will rotate frequently, along with unique craft cocktails.

Great food and delicious cocktails are even better in a cool setting, and 24 Main did an outstanding job with their renovations. Managing partner Candice White told Explore New Albany that the historic building was initially going to be turned into offices, “and they decided it was too special of a building. We decided a gathering place for friends, something more like a speakeasy or bourbon bar would fit much better in the building.”

Photo via 24 Main’s Website


Director of Operations Jess McCarter continued, “What I saw here was absolute magic. An 1860s Civic War recruitment depot that had already been stripped down to the studs, so it was ready for us to be able to put in modern conveniences…and make it look like it was from the 1920s and 30s, and to do so in a way that has interesting food and amazing drinks. It was just a complete win-win situation.”

“Everyone who walks in here goes, ‘Wow, I haven’t seen anything like this before,” McCarter said to Explore New Albany. 

The menu features breads and spreads, meats, vegetables, and desserts. Guests can enjoy scallops with romesco sauce and toasted pine nuts, pork belly with miso carrot puree and a pepper marmalade, blistered shishitos with a sweet soy glaze, plus much more. 

24 Main is open Thursday through Saturday from 5pm – 12am, and Sunday and Monday from 5pm-10pm. They accept reservations.

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