Courtesy of Bugsy's Restaurant
By Barbara Ostman
Although Bugsy’s Restaurant and Bar in downtown Union has been around since 2009, it has a new menu, new sound, and new owners. Justin Hall and Domenic Salasso purchased the restaurant and bar in March. The Roaring Twenties style and atmosphere at Bugsy’s remains the same, but Justin and Domenic have added their own touches. Domenic tweaked the menu, giving it a Sicilian-Mediterranean flavor. The dessert selection transports you to Europe: house-made cannoli, tiramisu, and Sicilian-style bread pudding, along with French classics such as crème brulee and chocolate pot de crème. Spinach artichoke dip, toasted ravioli, shrimp bruschetta, and fried spinach are a few of the appetizers. Entrees include hand-cut steaks, marinated pork chops, swordfish, salmon, shrimp, catfish, chicken, and an assortment of pastas. Pizza, soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps, and daily specials round out the menu. Bugsy’s features live music in the bar, the dining room, and the lower level. There is usually no cover charge, but some big name groups and charity concerts are ticketed events. In the bar, it’s open mic on Thursday nights and karaoke on Friday nights. Families of local veterans from World War I onward have been invited to share photographs of their soldiers in uniform, and these portraits line the walls of the reception area.