When people hear the name Napoleon, they think of a guy who took over much of the world thanks to his consuming "little man complex" -- itself a surprising phenomenon, as it's amazing a film made by the Wayans brothers could be anything but simple. Making you pay homage to another Napoleon...you'll never guess...Napoleon's.
Opening tomorrow, Napoleon's is a glossy pub with a gleaming brown-stained floor, a central all-wood canopy bar, and artifacts suggesting it was named for Bonaparte (eg, a portrait of him crossing the alps), but's actually inspired by the Think And Grow Rich author, who gets a quote mounted above the door: "don't wait, the time will never be just right" -- words that humbled Morris Day enough to finally join the band. The delightfully random menu includes starters like Vindaloo chicken fingers in spicy red curry sauce w/ kaffir leaves, fried pickles & jalapenos, braised Niman Ranch lamb cheeks over risotto, "Wicked Good" chili w/ garlic bread, and five hot dogs such as the "Full On" w/ chili sauce & salsa verde, and the "Southern Man" loaded w/ Brunswick stew, a topping they're counting on just bowling you over. There're also 12 a la carte soft tacos (BBQ short ribs, fried tilapia), baskets of fried cod, calamari, and oysters, angus burgers, Thai curry crab cakes, Saffron Risotto (sauteed chicken, chorizo, mussels, shrimp & calamari), and a mini pot roast, also what Verne Troyer does before going to see the Pink Floyd laser light show at the planetarium.
That bar's got plenty o' beer, including drafts like Magic Hat, Sweetwater Motor Boat, and Ommegang Hennepin, plus a serious selection of bottles, comprising Abita Amber, Anchor Liberty, Old Speckled Hen, He'Brew Genesis, and Prima Pils from Victory -- something the French conqueror attained by knowing that whenever there's a will, there's a Wayans.