Founded by local resident Todd Utikal and longtime restaurateur Skip Hinsley behind the former Girasole restaurant, SideTrack Bar + Grill opens its doors in downtown Pleasanton, serving both lunch and dinner. In addition to a number of signature small plates to share, guests enjoy handcrafted burgers, salads, sandwiches and more. The varied menu is complemented by a bar program featuring craft beers, wine, and spirits. Utikal and Hinsley brought on Victor Escamila to run the kitchen – whose 20 year background in restaurants includes previous roles at Blue Gingko and Piatti Italian Restaurant & Bar in Danville. Jeremy Troupe-Masi is lending his expertise to the beverage program, serving as Bar Manager and bringing experience from San Francisco’s Roka Akor and Pleasanton’s Sabio restaurant to the team. He is also a certified sommelier and an ambassador for the Livermore Valley wine region for WhichWinery.com.

The name SideTrack celebrates the historic Transcontinental Railway which previously ran alongside the restaurant site at 30 West Angela Street, half a block off Main Street. Subtle design elements, including a bar foot rail reclaimed from Niles Canyon Railroad and a reproduction of a 1900s photo of Pleasanton, celebrate the history of the restaurant’s location near the tracks and in downtown.

To start, SideTrack is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to midnight on Thursday through Saturday. They are currently offering service in the bar between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. The team will add weekend brunch by early next year and a mid-afternoon menu from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., focusing on small plates and a pared down selection of burgers, sandwiches and salads. They are also planning a late night menu.

For more information on SideTrack, visit www.sidetrackeats.com or follow on Facebook