Reata opens in Indy with southwestern menu, killer mac and cheese

Nov 3rd, 2015 | by Eat Drink Indy | News, Restaurants

Reata chef Justin Bauerle.

Reata chef Justin Bauerle.

I stopped in yesterday at Reata, a new country bar located at 247 S. Meridian St. Chef Justin Bauerle has built a solid southwestern-inspired menu with some good-looking tacos, several hefty burgers and some killer mac and cheese.

Now, it’s also a sports bar with 17 TVs and two separate rooms that will be decked out with IU and Purdue decor. And there’s a small dance floor so you can get your line dancing on.

Smart glass restroom doors at Reata change from clear to frosted when locked.

Smart glass restroom doors at Reata change from clear to frosted when locked.

But when you talk about Reata’s decor, you really have to mention the restrooms too. When you head back to use the facilities, you’ll find a wall of restroom stalls with clear glass doors — except that they’re “smart glass” doors that change from clear to frosted glass when you turn the knob to lock them.

You can read about how the smart glass ( or switchable glass) works here. But there’ll be a Reata employee stationed near the restrooms to make sure customers know how they work. Just in case.

–Jolene Ketzenberger

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