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Osh Assi wants to offer guests an escape, a temporary trip away from West Virginia — without even having to leave Charleston.

Assi opened Adventures Bar & Grill — one of Charleston’s new and perhaps unexpected treasures — in October inside the Eagle View Apartment and Townhome complex.

“I want them to feel that they left West Virginia for a little bit. They’re not here,” he said. “Something different, something unique, something you can’t find around here.”

Assi also owns Fairways, a Hurricane restaurant attached to a Marathon gas station on Teays Valley Road. Fairways has been open for nearly two years.

After the management of the Eagle View complex approached him in 2016 about opening a new restaurant, Assi said it was difficult to say no.

The restaurant, which is lined with glass windows, offers breathtaking views of Charleston, the Kanawha River and the Capitol, something Assi said sets Adventures apart from any other restaurant in the area.

“Where are you going to get a view like that?” he asked. “I want them to have the experience. The experience of the restaurant itself, the view, the food experience. We make good food. The experience of the service, the wine selection, with beer selections and the bourbon.”

The menu, which is largely comprised of handmade items, is heavily influenced by Greek and Middle Eastern food and California-style food.

At Adventures, guests can order everything from a handmade crab cake and a steak-and-cheese-inspired flatbread to burgers and deep-fried goat cheese.

“If you come here for 30 days, you won’t eat the same thing,” Assi said, laughing. “Making food from scratch, the creation of it and when people eat it the ‘ooohs and ahhs.’ That, right there, is what I like about cooking.”

The menu also features some offbeat items, like a spicy peanut butter and jelly burger and a “Russian River” flatbread with grilled chicken, olives, sundried tomatoes, feta cheese and a balsamic vinaigrette reduction.

Many of the entrees are made in-house — right down to sauces and dressings, Assi said.

All of the meat at Adventures Bar & Grill is from Buzz Food Service, a local meat supplier, because Assi said he believes in the quality of the meat and supporting local businesses.

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And while Adventures offers an extensive drink menu including homemade sangria, an array of bourbons and specials throughout the week, Assi said the new restaurant is mainly a family-style restaurant.

As a father of four, he said he wanted to be sure to offer a children’s menu, as well as offer fair prices for every item on the menu.

“Me, my wife and my kids will go out and order and the bill will be $120 anymore. When I priced the menu, I priced in such a way that a family of six could walk in here and not spend more than $60 without drinks,” he said. “That’s possible.”

But nothing, he said, beats the views from inside the restaurant.

The Adventures Bar & Grill Facebook page is filled with photos of sunsets from outside on the restaurant’s deck.

When the weather is right, Assi said guests will be able to sit on the deck to watch the sunset surrounding a fire pit.

Adventures offers weekly drink specials, hosts ladies nights events and live music and hopes to invite stand-up comedians to perform in the future. In the basement of the restaurant, there are arcade-style games and a pool table to offer more to the “stress relief” and sense of adventure Assi hopes guests leave the restaurant with.

“We’re making it a place where you can go, enjoy yourself, relaxed. Nothing is rushed, nothing makes you feel like we’re trying to pushing you out the door,” Assi said. “I think people need that. People need a stress relief when they come here.”

Adventures Bar & Grill is open from 4 to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The kitchen closes at 10 p.m. each night, but the restaurant will still serve drinks until closing time.

Although Eagle View is a gated community, Adventures Bar & Grill is open to the public. The restaurant offers parking that is available to all guests — not just Eagle View residents.

To get the gate code to enter the complex, guests are asked to call Adventures ahead of time at 681-265-9128. Adventures Bar & Grill is located at 530 Silver Maple Ridge in Charleston.

For more information, photos or to see a copy of the full menu, like Adventures Bar & Grill at Eagle View on Facebook.

Reach Carlee Lammers at Carlee.Lammers@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-1230, or follow @CarleeLammers on Twitter.

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