Check out these upcoming Mexican and American menu items from the new Tiki on Main


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – You can bet a new bar and restaurant will explode when they roll out of the popular Backstage Bar & Grill and the owners are Oscar Velez and Charles Campbell of Tiki Time, Angel Segovia of Jalisco Mexican Restaurant in Newburgh and DJ Todd Early and wife Marcy Early.

it will be called Tiki on the Hand after Tiki Time, Velez and Campbell’s floating houseboat, bar and restaurant that operate during the summer months at Inland Marina.

Rather than remodeling and renaming during winter event season at Ford Center, the new owners are gradually moving into the new business model, which Early describes as fun and seaside, akin to a Margaritaville or a Cheeseburger in Heaven.

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Left to Right: Todd Early, Angel Segovia and Oscar Velez in their new Tiki on Main bar and restaurant, at the Backstage Bar & Grill location, Thursday, December 30, 2021.

We stopped to check out what’s going to be in the new menu, which for now still features Backstage favorites as new items are added.

“We’ll try to get a good mix of burgers, wings and Mexican food,” Segovia said. “Downtown is in need of Mexican food. We will keep an atmosphere like a bar where you can come and watch games, and people working in the city center will have a nice place for lunch.

“It’s going to be a little crazy and fun,” Velez added. “We are slowly adapting the menu. All of the kitchen staff have stayed and we don’t want to overwhelm them with a whole new menu, so some of the less popular dishes will be phased out and replaced with the more popular dishes from Jalisco and Tiki Time. “

Chicken on the Beach, Jalisco style, will soon be on the menu at the new Tiki on Main, which is slowly emerging from the Backstage Bar and Grill.

Chicken on the Beach, Jalisco style, will soon be on the menu at the new Tiki on Main, which is slowly emerging from the Backstage Bar and Grill.

During our visit, the new team rolled out a selection of goodies to look forward to. We sampled classic buffalo wings and tequila wings, which sell very well at Jalisco and are already on the menu at Tiki. The sweet and spicy frosting is similar to Asian-style sweet hot sauces, with red pepper flakes and the flavor of tequila. The wings are fried until crisp without breadcrumbs. Breaded boneless wings are also available.

Other Jalisco dishes will eventually include the thick, rich, homemade queso, which can be an appetizer with fries or smother other dishes such as the huge burrito stuffed with fresh pico de gallo, quesadillas, and of course. , chicken on the beach.

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Tiki Time burgers and giant pan-seared hot dogs are already on the menu, and soon you can pick up Tiki’s most popular specialty, the huge hand-breaded fried fish sandwich, the fillet overflowing the sides of the little one. gourmet butter bread served with vegetable vinaigrettes, coleslaw and fries.

Classic buffalo wings, backside, and the popular sweet and hot tequila wings are already on Tiki on Main's menu.

Classic buffalo wings, backside, and the popular sweet and hot tequila wings are already on Tiki on Main’s menu.

From the bar, look for tequila shots and beach drinks like margaritas, frozen daiquiris, piña coladas, and creative mixes like Miami Vice, which is a swirl of frozen strawberry daiquiri and piña colada.

So far, most of the changes have been made to the kitchen, adding and upgrading equipment, and adjusting vendors. The new hours are every day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and Sunday, and open until 2 a.m. or later on Friday and Saturday. A limited menu starts around 9 p.m., but the kitchen stays open until the bar closes.

At the front of the house, an audio system and other TVs are already in place and expect to see the deep rust and black coloring eventually replaced with light, bright colors and beach decor. Big changes, including signage and the final menu version, will likely be in place by June or July 2022.

Every Friday and Saturday at Tiki on Main there is a band or DJ and lots of activities, from trivia to karaoke, are organized throughout the week. The bar is family-friendly until after 7 p.m.

Tiki Time's famous hand-breaded fish sandwich will be available soon at Tiki on Main.

Tiki Time’s famous hand-breaded fish sandwich will be available soon at Tiki on Main.

Tiki on the main bar and grill / behind the scenes

Site: 524 Main Street

Call: 812-424-5020

Hours: Sunday – Thursday 11 am-11pm; Friday – Saturday 11 am-2am

Contact Aimée Blume at [email protected]

This article originally appeared on Evansville Courier & Press: Evansville Cuisine: Upcoming Menu at New Tiki on Main Restaurant & Bar


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