With new bars and restaurants opening and closing every week, it can be difficult to keep up. Some however stand the test of time by simply delivering the things that the expat community always wants: Good food, cold beer and decent music in a familiar environment.
That is exactly what Malone's American Cafe has been doing for more than 13 years in Puxi and it has now taken its tried and tested formula across the water to Pudong's Thumb Plaza.
The new place's interior is mostly redolent in warm woods and brick, and it has an atmosphere that is both relaxed and fun. Sporting memorabilia adorns the walls with both international sports heroes and local icons featured.
Through the lobby there's a small bar on the first floor, and an expansive long bar area with a stage for live music on the second floor.
Another lounge area with seating for private dining and events, and a pool table room and darts board are to be found on the third floor. Malone's Pudong is well on course to becoming a destination in its own right.
"The seating capacity of Malone's Thumb Plaza is approximately 300. However, there is standing room for between 600 and 700," said Shawn Doyle, general manager of Malone's American Cafe. "The concept has proven so popular for so long at the original Malone's in Puxi that the bar and restaurant has developed a niche of its own there. Now Pudong party people, tourists and expats can enjoy a little touch of home here."
From steaks and sandwiches to pizza and pasta, burgers and BBQ or fajitas and fresh desserts, the menu has something for everyone.
It is a place to have a quick business lunch, afternoon tea for the weary shopper, a cool beer after work, a relaxing dinner with friends and family or drinks and dancing into the wee small hours.
"Malone's offers 30 different types of hamburger and these have won awards from local and international publications in Shanghai," Doyle said.
(Shanghai Daily May 2, 2008)