If you walk though the former Bayers Hardware parking lot off 43rd Street next spring, you’ll find a door leading to the grab-and-go section of Erick Harcey’s new restaurant, selling rotisserie chickens, healthy sides and other quick take-home meals. It’s completely separate from the restaurant, Harcey said, so no one needs to think twice about swinging by after a yoga class.
“I’ve got four kids,” Harcey said. “Man, if I had this, I would do it all the time.”
The grab-and-go spot also provides an option for morning coffee by Colectivo out of Milwaukee, along with a selection of Patisserie 46 pastries.
The front of the building will offer a more traditional restaurant with “regional progressive American food,” serving brunch every day.
In the back is a test kitchen, which will offer high-end ticketed meals showcasing innovative cooking.
Harcey also wants to offer classes — free of charge — a couple of times each week, with free bites of food.
“We want neighbors to hang out and see what we do,” he said.
Harcey has gutted the building interior, leaving original stonework and flooring. The exterior will be more modern, however, featuring building mesh inspired by designs Harcey’s seen in Japan.
The opening date is still tentative, perhaps February or March.