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Will Kingery, Norb Cooper and Lele Nguyen are unleashing their new beast, The Bar on 4th Street on Downtown Winston-Salem, this afternoon at 4pm. Kingery and Cooper are already prominent in the Winston-Salem food scene, owning Willow’s Bistro, King’s Crab Shack & Oyster Bar and Silo Bistro & Bar. Ms. Nguyen, a bar manager for all three restaurants, is also the brainchild behind many of the restaurants’ drink menus, especially Silo.
The Bar on 4th Street is what was formerly Downtown Brody’s, up until just a few weeks ago. Downtown Brody’s had started to gain a reputation of a “dive bar” and not necessarily in the good way. The clientele was not necessarily along the lines of other establishments along Fourth and when I asked Will and Lele about the bar, they said that they were going to have an upscale drinking establishment that will be competitive with the style of drinks they serve at a price point that is friendly to everyone. It will also be used as an overflow and pre- or post-dinner location to compliment King’s Crab Shack. If there’s a long wait at King’s, which happens often due to the establishment’s popularity, patrons can walk just two doors down to The Bar on 4th Street and have a lovely adult beverage and the pagers for King’s will reach up there, letting you know when your table is ready.