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GRAIN, From Seven Lamps and Cypress Street Alums, Opens Monday

The new concept replaces MidCity Cafe.

Tomas Espinoza

From a few local chefs, bartenders, and restaurateurs, GRAIN is set to open in the MidCity Lofts building on Monday. The new bar/eatery replaces MidCity Cafe, which closed in July.

The concept comes from Bill Streck of Cypress Street Pint and Plate; Kevin Bragg, Drew Van Leuvan, and Rob Caswick of Seven Lamps; and designer Thom Williams. It aims to offer "an intimate atmosphere, thoughtful and inventive cocktail program, and eclectic bar bites menu."

"The inspiration behind GRAIN comes from doing a lot with a little. Taking a seed and turning into something greater," Streck said in a prepared statement. "I've always appreciated intimate gathering spots that have a tucked away feel and great vibe. With GRAIN, we hope to create that same feel, focusing on design that invokes conversation and comfort, while offering delicious food options and a strong beer and spirits program."

The beverage program features local beers from Wild Heaven Craft Beers, SweetWater Brewing Company, and Three Taverns Brewery, plus craft cocktails and wine. Van Leuvan's offerings from the kitchen cover sweet and savory small plates. Oyster Happy Hour, featuring $1 oysters, will run every Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Hours at GRAIN are 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 3 p.m. to midnight on Sunday. It's located at 845 Spring Street, Unit D1.