Hull & High Water, downtown New Albany’s much-anticipated seafood restaurant, will open today, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. at 324 E. Main St., after a silly kerfuffle about the name being too similar to a yet-to-open bar (Hell and High Water) in downtown Louisville. Continue reading Hull & High Water opens today
Gospel Bird, the fried chicken-focused southern food restaurant opened by chef Eric Morris last year in New Albany, will be joined by seafood restaurant on the Indiana riverfront, if plans work out.
Morris’s first plans for expansion, an eclectic urban street food concept he was going to call Concrete Jungle, turned out to be more ambitious than he had thought. according to a story in Louisville Business First. But he has the space at 324 E. Main St. in New Albany, about a block away from Gospel Bird, and has decided to work out a seafood concept, his second choice idea that he has been mulling for a while.
Morris thinks seafood is a good fit for the Southern Indiana market, an idea he has floated on his blog and Facebook. He envisions a fresh seafood grill with a raw bar, and a rooftop bar overlooking the river. He intends to pitch the menu at a moderate level, appealing to family casual dining, with dishes served in baskets and buckets.
Morris’s business partner in this venture will be Garrett Petters, who has worked at Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar in Louisville and Brooklyn and the Butcher, and was a manager in the fish department at Whole Foods.
Urban street foods from around the world can have a special attraction for chefs. Such foods make use of indigenous ingredients that supply distinctive flavors, but must be made quickly and simply, with a minimum of ingredients. The challenge of such streets foods is the inspiration for two upcoming restaurants from two veteran chefs. Continue reading Street foods inspire two veteran chefs
Eric Morris’s new southern cuisine-inspired restaurant Gospel Bird is now open at 207 E. Main St., New Albany. The name reflects the popularity of fried chicken as a post-Sunday service meal throughout the South, but fried chicken will be only one of the offerings at the new restaurant.
And Silvio’s, 104 Fairfax Ave., is now re-opened, following the major fire that struck a string of St. Matthews’ restaurants in early January (Superchefs and Chef Maria’s Greek deli, which abut Silvio’s, are still closed).
Epic Sammich Co., the latest idea from chefs Dustin Staggers and Eric Morris, which replaced their first concept, Rumplings, at Highland Ave., might be the right vehicle to expand into a local chain, according to recent reports. Continue reading Epic Sammich Co. eyes expansion outside Louisville
Two interesting local restaurants have closed in recent weeks, reducing temporarily the depth of cool funky places to eat in town. Hillbilly Tea, 120 S. First St., and Loop 22, 2222 Dundee Rd., have both closed. Continue reading Hillbilly Tea and Loop 22 close