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Fancy and everyday dining at Eagle’s new Capitol Bar and Bistro

Nate McMullen relaxes at the Capitol Bar and Bistro's remodeled space. The former Paradigms Restaurant has a new name and a new menu featuring both old favorites and new, lower price, options.

Nate McMullen relaxes at the Capitol Bar and Bistro's remodeled space. The former Paradigms Restaurant has a new name and a new menu featuring both old favorites and new, lower price, options.

If you go …

What: Grand opening of Capitol Bar and Bistro.

When: Thursday, Dec. 1; lunch hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with dinner from 5 p.m. to close Monday through Saturday.

Where: Capitol Bar and Bistro, 343 Capitol St., Eagle.

Cost: Free appetizers and dining specials available at grand opening.

More information: Call 970-328-7990, or visit http://www.capitolbarandbistro.com.

EAGLE — Since it opened nearly a decade ago, Paradigms Restaurant in Eagle has enjoyed a reputation as the community’s “fancy” restaurant.

It’s been the place to go for an anniversary or special occasion dinner, and while owner Nate McMullen has built a loyal diner base, he’s ready to shift Paradigms’ focus. That effort began with a rebranding — Paradigms is now the Capital Bar and Bistro.

“We are trying to go for being more of an everyday place, rather than just a special-occasion place,” McMullen said. “We can still do that (special occasion dining) and be a more affordable place, too.”

As part of the change, Capitol Bar and Bistro will bring in an array of lower-price-point options. A new $5 bar menu includes everything from a panko fish taco to shrimp cocktail to cheese sticks. The lunch and dinner menu options range from a hamburger with truffle fries at $12 to king crab legs at $39. There are also a number of salad and appetizers listed in the $6 to $18 range. Many of the longtime Paradigms favorites remain on the menu, rounding out the new options.

His nearly 10 years in the restaurant business have taught McMullen how to cut prices, but not quality, at his eatery.

“Over the past 10 years, I have found ways to save money and pass that savings on to the customer,” he said. “With the new name, we are trying to change the perception of what we cost.”

The atmosphere at Capital Bar and Bistro has also made a shift. A big-screen television is now mounted over the wood fireplace in the bar area. Speaking of that fireplace, Capital Bar and Bistro plans to use that amenity as a s’mores cooking station for diners. Along with the bar menu, the restaurant will offer nightly happy hour drink specials from 5 to 6 p.m.

The intimate dining and special event space located on the western side of the Capitol Bar and Bistro will continue to be offered as a private party space at the eatery.

McMullen has already switched the indoor decor to feature a French theme and installed a new Capitol Bar and Bistro sign outside to let people know about the changes under way at the eatery’s Fourth and Capitol location. For the past week, its been a soft opening for the restaurant and a grand opening celebration is planned for Thursday, Dec. 1, with free appetizers and dining specials.

“We are excited to keep the old and add the new and we are getting great feedback about the changes,” McMullen said.

Capitol Bar and Bistro will be open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and for dinner from 5 p.m. to close Monday through Saturday.

To learn more, visit the restaurant website at http://www.capitolbar andbistro.com.