This is not an image of an actual Bank Street Brewhouse Famous Hot Dog Sandwich. Your hot dog may vary. Photo by Robyn Lee.
This is not an image of an actual Bank Street Brewhouse Famous Hot Dog Sandwich. Your hot dog may vary. Photo by Robyn Lee.

Apparently, Bank Street Brewhouse, New Albanian Brewing Company’s downtown New Albany tap room, once again has a food menu.

But before you start to salivate while thinking about pommes frites in a Pavlovian frenzy, know that the “menu” is, shall we say, somewhat limited. Posts by Roadtrippers.com and other sites revealed this new food offering this week, which is in response to Indiana state law requirements.

Per IC 7.1-2-3-7 and 905 IAC 1-20-1 (or something like that), establishments that serve alcohol by the drink in Indiana absolutely, positively must have food service available at all times that can serve a minimum of 25 people. That law, which is nearly 70 years old, also pertains to Bank Street Brewhouse, which ceased food service in May.

Bring your own condiments and non-dairy creamer. Photo by Paul Kiger.
Bring your own condiments and non-dairy creamer. Photo by Paul Kiger.

And so, to avoid having the law dogs descend upon the small brewery and tap room with citations and decrees and axes, Bank Street management has added a food menu that adheres to these state requirements. Food is once again available at the tap room.

There are actually several options spelled out as the mandatory minimum food offering at an establishment such as Bank Street Brewhouse, according to this sacred law: hot soups, hot sandwiches, coffee, milk and soft drinks. (Your tax dollars at work, Hoosiers.)

As such, here is the new Bank Street menu:

Our Famous Hot Dog Sandwich: Microwaved to perfection, including both weenie and bun, sans condiments. $10.

Chef Campbell’s Soup of the Day: Served in a bowl. Your choice of whichever can is on top of the stack. $10.

Instant Coffee: Caffeinated only. Available black, or black. $5.

Powdered Milk: With or without water. $5.

Sprecher Craft Soft Drinks: Different flavors … market pricing.

If you are scoring at home, that’s Bank Street Brewhouse 1, Big Government 0.

Kevin Gibson
Kevin Gibson tackles the 3Rs — retail, restaurants, real estate — plus, economic development. He loves bacon, loathes cucumbers and once interviewed Yoko Ono. Check out his books, “Louisville Beer: Derby City History on Draft” and “100 Things to do in Louisville Before You Die.” He has won numerous awards for his work but doesn’t know where most of them are now. In his spare time, he plays in a band called the Uncommon Houseflies.Email Kevin at [email protected]