Prohibition

Nishe Butler | Managing Editor

Downtown Riverside is taking us back in time as a new restaurant/whiskey lounge opens, bringing back to life the
classic era of the 1920s.

On March 15, ProAbitions opened as the latest hot spot in downtown Riverside.

The classic 1920s building is industrial yet modern with its brick walls and classic speakeasy feel.

The stylized upside down “A” in the name represents the mathematical sign each and for all, suggesting its appeal to everyone.

Whether it’s a laid back lunch date or a fashionable evening with friends ProAbition is sure to appeal to all.

The ambiance is one of class and elegance.

From the debonair dress attire of the servers,to the big band music playing, it’s safe to say the roaring ‘20s are back and in full swing.

“A promoter we had at the time wanted a strict dress code,” said manager Chris Sylvestor, referencing some earlier
publicity criticizing whether the women servers were required to wear high heels to work.

“We did not want anyone improperly dressed.”

The restaurant followed up the misconstrued statements by holding a fundraiser where 75 percent of all proceeds were
given to the American Cancer Society.

Complete with a full menu and specialty drinks titled “Beez Neez” and Flapper menu there is something sure to satisfy
everyone.

Appetizers such as blue cheese shoe string fries or caramelized brussel sprouts are a few of the diverse selections
sure to change any ill informed herbivore’s notions.

For lunch I had the pleasure of experiencing the Capone Caprese sandwich, filled with mozzarella cheese, chili basil
pesto sauce, complete with oven roasted tomatoes and whiskey balsamic.

Holy matrimony at its finest where taste buds and flavor collide, one could only wish to dine here daily or at least
weekly.

The exquisite meal and specialty drink selections compliment the upbeat first class service, where everyone wears a smile and is eager to satisfy their customers.

This restaurant also boasts a Thursday night burlesque show from 8 to 10 p.m.

Friday and Saturday night entertainment features a nine piece band that specializes in jazz standards and Rat Pack
covers.

“I love working here and we have a really good reputation that I am proud to be a part of,” Sylvestor said.

Although the large variety appeals to many types of people, patrons must be 21 and over to enjoy weekend entertainment.

ProAbitions is located at 3597 Main St. in Riverside.

They are open for business from 12 to 11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday through
Saturday.