Going on six years, partners Sonny Ahuja and Don Welch have run a tiny powerhouse of a bar at Downtown Container Park. Totaling a mere 640 square feet, Bin702’s shipping container space is tinier than most one-bedroom apartments. The duo’s new Arts District bar/restaurant, 18bin, poses the opposite challenge: how to fill 4,000 square feet of interior space and 5,000 additional square feet of patio.
18bin has opened in the Arts District, the name referencing both its historic 18b district site and sister restaurant Bin 702, which is in the Downtown Container Park. 18bin, which is at Charleston Boulevard and South Art Way, is open for lunch and dinner and offers a broad selection of adult beverages, with plans for cocktails on draft. The menu includes such dishes as Ropa Vieja Shepherd’s Pie, Cajun Jambalaya and a roasted balsamic vegetable sandwich.