Under new ownership for the past year, North City Tavern (46 Dillmont Dr., North Side) was formerly just a sports bar called Bleachers with lots of TVs and cold beer. But new owners Corey and Marcy Barnes, and chef and co-owner Connor O'Neill changed that three months ago, now offering a tight menu of apps, salads, sandwiches and pizzas-all created from scratch in a storage-room-turned-kitchen by O'Neill.

Under new ownership for the past year, North City Tavern (46 Dillmont Dr., North Side) was formerly just a sports bar called Bleachers with lots of TVs and cold beer. But new owners Corey and Marcy Barnes, and chef and co-owner Connor O'Neill changed that three months ago, now offering a tight menu of apps, salads, sandwiches and pizzas-all created from scratch in a storage-room-turned-kitchen by O'Neill.

O'Neill, who was most recently a culinary consultant for Taste Hospitality Group, is crafting his dishes with two Panini presses and a flask bake oven-no freezer and no fryer. A design he wanted on purpose. "I'm fed up with feeding people fried food," O'Neill says.

Last week, O'Neill unveiled a few new menu items, including:

-Thai tofu tacos with kimchee

-Fall caprese salad with basil, mozzarella and roasted, pickled beets with vanilla balsamic glaze

-Pickle plate that includes kimchee daikon, okra and vanilla curry cauliflower

-Pulled pork and pickled beets sandwich (with picking liquid for dipping on the side)

-Veggie burger with black beans and oats

-Barbecue chicken pizza with smoked paprika and slight spice from chipotle chili, that comes with a side of granny smith apple and blue cheese slaw to be sprinkled on top

-Plus, a few dessert options like warm chocolate chip cookies and s'mores

Several things on the menu, the chef insists, can be made vegan.

The interior of North City Tavern has gotten a bit of an update, too, says Marcy. Gone is the pink and purple paint and old carpet. And the couple plan to add booth seating for a more restaurant-bar feel, adds Corey, a former manager of Barcelona. The TVs will remain, and they plan to carry Crew games, too.