Quick Bites: Twisted Soul opens, Grain update, and more
- Photo by Tomas Espinoza
- Grain should open by early next week on the ground floor of Midtown's MidCity Lofts.
A new bar and eatery called Grain is opening on the ground floor of Midtown’s MidCity Lofts (845 Spring St.) any day now. It will serve an upscale twist on bar fare, the product of Cypress Street Pint & Plate co-owners Billy Streck, Rob Caswick, and Thom Williams, in cahoots with Seven Lamps’ Kevin Bragg and Drew Van Leuvan. Look for items like raw oysters; lobster mac ’n’ cheese; and stone crab toast with kimchi apple, avocado, Mexican crema, and brioche. Tons of craft cocktails, wine, and beer are on the menu, while regular DJs provide live entertainment.
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Grant Park gay bar Cockpit has closed its doors for good. Those who frequent the hip in-town neighborhood should keep their eyes peeled for a new concept soon to come, Gravy Kitchen & Bar, which will open in its place.
Twisted Soul, the restaurant by Deborah Van Treece that replaced MarBar in Decatur, has opened at last at 314 East Howard Ave. Having made its grand debut on Wednesday, December 3, the modernized soul food restaurant offers dishes like moonshine mussels, sweet-tea-marinated baby back ribs, meat loaf burgers, and peach cobbler.
Former Latitude and Ecco chef Micah Willix is opening a concept called Community Smith in the space formerly occupied by Briza on the ground floor of Midtown’s Renaissance Hotel. Opening January 2015, the “modern meatery” will serve all the usual suspects—chicken, fish, beef, pork, lamb, and more—but will evolve over time and with culinary trends. Diners can expect menu items like crispy clams with potato, crème fraiche and caviar; porchetta with rosemary elote, sweet peppers, and aioli; and smoked beef cheeks with berbere, coconut, and hard squash. A bar manager has not yet been hired, but renovations are currently underway.