food & drink

Belly Up

By Jared Curtis


Stroll Inn

Eastside mainstay attracts generations of customers

We have all sampled something and liked it so much that we decided to buy it. John and Sue Malloy took this to the next level when they purchased an eastside staple, the Stroll Inn, two years ago. The Malloys were customers of the bar long before they bought it.

“I remember when we were little kids that this building was a bar,” Sue said. “The previous owner was looking to retire, and John and I decided to buy it. We knew it was a good place because we have been coming here for years.”

The Malloys don’t want to take all the credit for the bar’s continued success.

“The staff has all been here a while, and each bartender has their own crowd that stops in,” Sue said. “Plus, we have a great location that draws customers from all over, not only the east side.”

The crowd is a big reason people frequent the Stroll Inn.

“We have customers who have been coming here for 25-30 years, and now their kids are coming in,” Sue said. “Not a lot places have multiple generations of customers.”

Although there are no nightly specials, Happy Hour runs from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and during all NASCAR races. Patrons receive 50 cents off all drinks. Karaoke is another big draw on Friday nights from 8 p.m. to midnight.

“Most of our drinks are cheaper than the majority of other bars, so customers get a good deal all of the time,” John said.

While drinks draw patrons in, it’s the Stroll Inn’s food that keeps them coming back. The kitchen is open Monday through Saturday until 9 p.m. (10 p.m. on weekends) and offers a daily special Monday through Thursday. Their menu has an array of sandwiches, burgers, soups, pizza and appetizers.

“We have great hand-cut onion rings, and our biggest seller is our hot sausage sandwich,” Sue said. “Another big draw is our hot wings. We make our own special wing sauce that you can’t find anywhere else. When I was a customer I always wanted the recipe, but I had to buy the bar to get it.”

Adding to the neighborhood bar vibe is the fenced-in patio, which is home to a massive NASCAR-inspired mural painted by local artist Eric Copper.

“He is very creative; we talked about what we wanted, and he took it from there,” Sue said. “He put a lot of work into it, and the customers really enjoy it.”

When it comes to drawing new customers in, the Malloys have a few reasons why the Stroll Inn is the place to be.

“Our staff is one of the friendliest in town, and we serve up some great food,” Sue said. “We have a great group of faithful regulars, but we offer a relaxed atmosphere where everyone can be themselves.”

Last call: It’s time to sharpen your competitive drinking skills. Young Variety will host a Fall Games event on Oct. 24 at People’s Court, 216 Court Ave., third floor. Competitions will include flippy cup, bags and quarters. Registration starts at 1 p.m., and the games start at 2 p.m. Entry fee is $20 per person or $75 for a team of four and includes drink specials and food. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. CV


Caption: Bartender Sassy mixes up a drink at the Stroll Inn, 3325 Hubbell Ave., #A. Hours are 11 a.m. to close, Monday through Saturday, and noon to close on Sunday. 265-9775.

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