First on SJO -- The pieces are starting to come together for what will be taking over the former Cityfish space in Thornton Park. The concept will be an Asian Gastropub with a menu designed by Greg Richie. Richie, of course, is a partner in the Thornton Park Restaurant Group and is also the executive chef of their Soco, also at Thornton Park Central.
"It's going to be fun, very accessible, very casual," Richie said. He added that the price point will make it the sort of place you can dine in daily. Lunch and dinner will likely offer the same menu.
As you can see from the photos, the most significant change in the design of the restaurant is the relocation of the bar. It was along the right wall when it was Cityfish. Now it's been moved to the center of the room (making clever use of those annoying pillars that construction experts insist are necessary to prevent the condos above from caving in. Despite the way things look in the photos, the restaurant is just a few weeks away from a soft opening, I'm told.
And the name? Well, I have to keep that hush-hush for now. But I can tell you that if you were to just hear the name, you'd think it had to do more with something in the Northeastern United States than Southeastern Asia. I'll have more details for you soon.
TPRG is a former client of Scott Joseph Company's consulting services.