By Jacob Mathias
The Beat, which opened two weeks ago, is the newest addition to Stevens Point’s South Side Square, taking the spot of the former Archie’s Still though any sign of the former resident is hard to find.
Since moving into The Beat, owners Louis and Andrea Patrizi completely remodeled the south side staple putting in new floors, walls and decor. Music posters adorn the walls and a permanent house band sits in one corner, led by Louis Patrizi himself. The former Vegas musician plays the drums and sings favorites from the 60s and 70s.
Andrea Patrizi who has spent her life working in catering, bar and restaurant management runs the small kitchen which is spotless and open for customers to see.
The Beat’s menu is simple and not extensive- but what they do, they do very well. Along with the standard bar fair of french fires, hamburgers and hot dogs, The Beat offers homemade Italian sandwiches including meatball, sausage and peppers and Italian beef.
The meatball sandwich is particularly good. The homemade meatballs are all-beef and well-seasoned without the punch of too much garlic and herbs, which often accompanies lesser recipes.
The sandwich is topped with a tangy homemade red sauce that offsets the richness of the meatballs. All the sandwiches come with a couple pepperoncini peppers and a squirt of their juice is a nice added touch.
The Italian sausage sandwich comes with a large, sweet sausage topped with grilled onions and peppers. It’s a little messy but makes a great lunch. The fact you can get lunch for under $10 is also a plus.
The remodeled space is cozy, inviting and lends itself to small groups and conversation. Those looking for a quick easy lunch, a small outing with friends or a more relaxed late night scene will be at home here and the music will make everybody happy.
The Beat is located at 2317 Division St. and opens daily at 11 AM.