Syracuse, NY: Today, gastro-diner Modern Malt and special events venue SKY Armory announce the launch of their Downtown Get-Down food and entertainment experience. The summer-long street fair-style series kicks off Thursday, June 11 and will be held each Thursday through Labor Day weekend from 5-8 pm, weather permitting, in The Alley at 351 South Clinton Street in downtown Syracuse. Combining their talent for creating upscale and innovative twists on familiar favorites, the chefs from Modern Malt and SKY Armory will handcraft exciting new globally-influenced dishes each week. Meanwhile, our bartenders will be pouring specialty wines, cocktails, and craft beer while a rotating roster of DJs and live musicians keep the party going.
“My background is in creating menus that are very influenced by ethnic flavors and ingredients, so we’re highlighting our common mission of providing high-quality dining¾whether in a banquet setting or malt shop setting¾and bringing it literally to the street,” says SKY Armory executive chef Jason Jessmore. Looking to highlight their shared outdoor space, The Alley, the neighboring establishments wanted to offer locals a relaxing hang-out spot, while truly wowing them with a dining experience that is new and uncommon in downtown Syracuse. “We’re taking our gastro flair and applying it to a constantly changing selection of global street dishes, funky progressive cocktails, and live music; it’s going to be a smashing good time!” says Modern Malt executive chef Anthony Donofrio. The first Downtown Get-Down takes place Thursday, June 11, and DJ “Stay Gold” Jeff Watkins will be opening the event spinning vinyl on the first level of the Clinton Street Parking Garage directly down into The Alley.
For the $5 entry fee attendees will receive coupons to sample food from both Modern Malt and SKY Armory. Attendees must be 21 and older. The eclectic menus will offer dishes at three price points: $1 sampling bites, $4-$5 appetizer-size plates, and $7-$10 near-entrée size portions. There may also be some surprises worth splurging on. Additional highlights of the Downtown Get-Down include:
- A beer truck with different craft beers on tap each week
- Specialty wines and Funky Progressive-style cocktails, including sampling
- A hip mix of music spun by local DJs and played by live musicians¾a different artist each week
Tweet this! Next week: #DTGetDown at eclectic street fair-style #food, drink, & music experience from @SKYArmory and @eatdrinkmalt
About Modern Malt: Modern Malt brings a flavorful approach to the classic local American diner scene with a modern twist on food, cocktails, and culture. Founded in 2014, Modern Malt delivers unique and playful versions of elevated comfort cuisine, handcrafted artisanal cocktails, and a place where Motown soul meets alternative rock & roll. More information can be found at www.eatdrinkmalt.com.
About SKY Armory: SKY Armory, Central New York’s newest event venue, offers three floors of urban chic event space in historic Armory Square. SKY was designed to be a blank canvas with the primary intention of creating truly custom weddings, social and corporate events. SKY Armory opened in October 2014. More information can be found at www.skyarmory.com …because the SKY has no limits.
Amy Bleier Long