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Everly

Everly's atmosphere is lighter and brighter than the former Bluephies.

The California-inspired and casual Everly, the second of two Food Fight restaurants replacing Bluephies on Monroe Street, opens Monday at 5 p.m., and starts regular business hours Tuesday at 11 a.m.

Last week, the restaurant group held multiple soft openings, and Everly's food, wine and cocktails were "very well received," reports Caitlin Suemnicht, the local restaurant group's chief creative officer and a principal in both Everly and Miko Poké.

The smaller, counter-service Miko Poké, opened Aug. 25 in the old Bluephies bar room. Bluephies and its bar area were in separate suites at Knickerbocker Place, and Food Fight re-divided the spaces into two restaurants, each featuring lighter, healthier fare.

"Of all of the Food Fight soft openings, I think that Everly's were the most successful and we are excited to serve the public," Suemnicht said.

What she means by "California- inspired" isn't the fussy California cuisine of the past, Suemnicht said. Everly is serving "vegetable- forward dishes and responsibly sourced meats."

Its dishes are healthy, "but healthy food can, and should be, delicious," she said.

The menu ranges from sandwiches and salads to a limited entree selection and some bowls of homemade pasta or grain. Some of the pastas will be made from buckwheat for people who can't process gluten. Everly will be open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.

Miko's liquor license was tied to Everly's, and the poké-bowl restaurant started serving wine and beer last week. Its "shaved, not stirred" shaved ice cocktails made with Tito's Vodka will be available starting Wednesday. Everly's full bar will be available right away.

Everly, 2701 Monroe St., has an indoor-outdoor bar that backs up to Knickerbocker Street with glass doors that open up so customers can sit inside and face an open-air dining area. It also has 35 seats in a covered outdoor dining area.

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