Renovation starts in the coming weeks on Boneyard, a restaurant concept by Crave’s parent company, which has taken over Old Chicago at 2841 Hennepin Ave.
“We’ve hired a chef who was born and raised in the South and worked across the country,” said Crave America Chief Marketing Officer Lane Schmiesing.
The executive chef is Jason Bush, who was raised in Georgia and Florida and first learned to cook at his grandmother’s side, Schmiesing said. He previously opened his own restaurant in Florida called Fusion Bistro, and most recently worked at Cooper Irish Pub in St. Louis Park.
Bush’s southern influence ties in to the Boneyard menu, which is described as “authentic Southern cooking.”
Menu staples will likely include fried chicken, ribs, brisket, and pimiento mac and cheese with a maple-streusel crust.
Owner Kam Talebi has been traveling through Southern cities like Austin to find inspiration for the venue.
The target opening date is in March.