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Like most Marco restaurants, chop239 recognizes the value of local patronage during the off-season – and takes care of them where it counts.

Right in their wallets.

Owner Marco Porto and his wife Deanna have introduced a bar menu, for example, that offers half off during happy hour (4:30 to 7 p.m.); plus they've slashed a couple of higher end meals like New York strip steak (from $44 to $22) and a pound-and-a-half lobster (down to $29) on their regular menu during the hours of 5 to 6:30 p.m. These are a la carte items.

For those less keen on early dining, Porto and his team have a prix fixe menu at $28 that includes baked salmon with ginger soy butter sauce, vegetables, potato and salad; a pork chop with blackberry demi glaze; a 6 oz. filet steak, or chicken with Meyer lemon sauce. A glass of house wine is, well, on the house.

Some of those bar menu items include calamari ($13 to $6.50), chicken wings (down to $5), chop239 burger ($7.50) and beef tenderloin salad ($9). The bar menu is served only at the bar, but the 5 to 6:30 p.m. specials are served throughout the restaurant.

"We also have a wine bar," says Porto, "and I take 20 percent off one white and one red for the week. It helps bring people in."

Other perks at the restaurant are "small plate" items like the chop239 burger or baby lamb chops at under $20, or you can go the whole hog, says Porto, with sumptuous full meals like the big porterhouse for 2 at around the $40 to $50 mark.

If you go:

What: chop239 steak, lobster, wine lounge

Where: Esplanade, overlooking Smokehouse Bay

Prices: In summer, anywhere from $5 to $50

Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to close. Happy hour, 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Reservations: Not required, except for big groups

Entertainment: Mooney Man Band, Saturday from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. in the lounge/bar

Telephone: 394-0212

Website: Chop239.com

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