It's been a quick buildout and preparation for the new bar and eatery Tommy Knuckles, which opened up last night in the old Forno Diablo space.
The whole place carries a throwback Hollywood vibe, with black and white photographs of pop culture scenes both obscure and recognizable lining the walls. Umbrella-clad tables fill a front sidewalk patio in front of an exterior made up of tall outwardly opening doors that lead into an interior with gray-cushioned booths, high tops, and a bar running the length of the space. The walls are made with exposed brick and espresso-tinted wood trim wrapping around to a large exposed oven in the rear.
The menu features dishes that tie into the Tommy Knuckles motif. A selection of "knuckle sandwiches" are named after celebrities like Marcellus Wallace and Don Knotts, a "TV Dinner" and chicken and waffles are among the entree selections. Appetizers, flatbreads, and salads fill the rest of the menu. Five specialty cocktails are printed on a chalkboard behind the bar, including the "Harlem Shake" (bourbon, simple syrup, fresh berries, lemon, and mint).