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Long-time Bethesda restaurant, Gaffney's closed in December only to re-open Wednesday night as Bethesda's first gastropub, The Majestic Bar & Grille located at 7141 Wisconsin Ave.

The space was completely gutted to fit owner, Stefan Lalos' dream of a friendly, old style pub with a neighborhood feel, and exceptional food.

"We wanted The Majestic to be a community bar where you can grab delicious food and unique drinks in a friendly atmosphere. To capture our old-style feel we added belt-driven ceiling fans, exposed brick, an oil rubbed tin ceiling, pendant lights and hard wood. We want our customers to not just enjoy our food, but the whole experience," explained owner, Stefan Lalos.

Lalos, who is a native of Rockville, Md., has always wanted to open a restaurant since his father, a Greek immigrant, began his own in the 1920"s named "The Majestic Restaurant and Bowling/Billiards Hall, " in Pennslyvania.

The menu is inexpensive, and offers a wide variety of appetizing items including Braised Pork Belly, Lamb, Orange Scallops, Shrimp & Grits, Bison Burgers, and Duck Sliders. They are the first restaurant in Maryland to use a Sous Vide method of cooking where meat is sealed in airtight plastic bags in water for longer than usual. This method keeps in juices and aroma that would otherwise be lost in the process making the meat incredibly tender and flavorful. The meals are mostly small plates ranging in price between $6 and $14.

The Majestic also features 14 beers on tap including small batch breweries such as Dig and Ranger IPA, and local breweries such as Flying Dog and Heavy Seas' Loose Cannon- a favorite of mine.

In addition to beer, they boast a large wine list by offering 22 wines by the glass ranging in price from $6 to $11.  If you like Syrah, you can have the smooth tasting Los Dos Grenache for $6 a glass.

Open 7 days a week with live, acoustic music coming soon as well as an outdoor patio in April.