An arts-infused eatery and performance venue is open for business in Keene.
Machina Kitchen & ArtBar is the brainchild of Machina Arts co-owners Danya Landis of Keene, Rebecca R. Hamilton of Gilsum and Jordan Scott of Keene. The joint opened Tuesday at 9 Court St. and serves during dinner hours only.
Landis told The Sentinel in February that Machina’s goal has always been to serve young professionals in the region, and this new endeavor will cater to that demographic.
The Court Street space is split into two sides, a dining room and a bar. Each side has its own menu and will each incorporate art in distinct ways. Scott explained that, while the dining room will feature more traditional wall pieces, the ArtBar will also function as a gallery for longer-term installations that could include sculptures.
Though the dining room shuts down at 9 or 10 p.m. each night, the ArtBar stays open for the late-night crowd — and Machina’s kitchen does, too, serving the bar’s full menu until the doors close.
With the new space, Machina Arts is also leaving its nest at the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship and settling into its new headquarters, since the Court Street space will double as a permanent venue to host events.