WOOD RIVER — Any small business owner will tell you getting through the first year is a real accomplishment.
Area bar and music venue owner Betty Adams is celebrating the first anniversary of owning the Brazz Monkee by opening what she calls the “soon-to-be-famous Brazz Monkee kitchen” and throwing a music-filled party this Sunday, where the attendees can try out the menu while watching live bands and keeping up with the football scores.
“I get my enjoyment from helping others and making their day that much better,” she said, laughing. “I got that from my sister. We got that from our mother. And food is a form of expression for me. If I’m having a bad day, I can eat some bacon crack.”
In fact, “Sweet Bacon Crack” is on the new menu. It’s described as an “incredibly delicious combination of bacon, biscuits and a special sauce.”
The bar’s menu offers steakburgers, wings, sliders and more.
“We do have some fried items, but we’re using our grill more, too — we have to be health-conscious,” Adams said. “We have hand-patted, hand seasoned steakburgers. The fries are cut fresh every day. It’s … about healthy choices and still having flavor.”
The first anniversary party takes place at the Brazz Monkee, 305 E. Edwardsville Road in Wood River, and Adams is quick to reassure anyone who’s worried about missing football that every television in the bar will be showing a game.
The party begins at 3 p.m., and the bands will start at 4:15 p.m.
Live music includes Harvest Drive, an Alton-based band featuring Nashville recording artist Jennifer Thompson, who has opened for countless national acts; St. Louis country rockers Doc Holiday; and area favorite cover band Baywolfe, who will close out the night with “classic rock and high-energy country music.” Harvest Drive plays at 4:15, Doc Holiday follows up at 5:30, and Baywolfe takes the stage at 6:45 p.m.
The party is free and family-friendly, and attendees will receive a raffle ticket with the purchase of any menu item.
“We’re raffling T-shirts, glasses with our logo on them, and four breakfasts, four lunches, and four dinners for two,” Adams explained.
People who bring this article in on Sunday will receive one dollar off their food orders.
Adams, who owned a bar while living in Arkansas in 2000, explained herself and her business by saying, “I’m a disabled veteran. I’ve served my country. I have an appreciation for the unionized worker; the name Brazz Monkee was inspired by my time working at Olin Brass.”
Beginning Monday, the kitchen will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 until 10 p.m. Adams added that her breakfast cook is a 15-year veteran of the U.S. military.
“I want to create an environment you can feel comfortable in and feel appreciated in, without breaking your bank,” she added. “Here at the Brazz Monkee, our ultimate goal is good food, good friends and fun. It’s like having a house party.”
For more information, call (618) 255-9019 or visit the Facebook page at The Brazz Monkee.
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