Wednesday, February 12, 2014

New restaurant headed to Dilworth

Chef Brent Martin will be chef at The Summit Room, which, if all goes according to plan, will be taking the East Boulevard space left empty by Bruegger's and Caribou. Native Charlottean Deedee Mills (who's got the food truck The Mayobird) is the owner, and they're looking at a mid-April opening.

Local, sustainable foods will be key, says Martin, who you might recall from Peculiar Rabbit or Pewter Rose, and the goal is "a refined, Southern-inspired menu ... We want to be innovative enough to attract foodies and fellow chefs, but not so stuffy as to scare away the average family looking for a home-cooked meal."

Mills says she named the restaurant a day after she returned from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. She plans The Summit Room as a dinner spot, operating 4 p.m. to close Monday-Saturday. From 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., she wants to run the place as a bricks-and-mortar Mayobird: As she does with her food truck, she'll offer chicken salad in more than a dozen variations, plus soups, pimento cheese and more. Breakfast will have a coffee bar, quiches and casseroles and more.

The menu's in development, but among the ideas floating around are waffles with duck liver mousse and pimento crawdad beignets, as well as deviled eggs, corn-dusted trout or barbecue shrimp.

4 comments:

hotmama said...

Chef Brent Martin has proven himself to be one of Charlottes best up and coming chefs! Not only by his excellent reputation as chef of Peculiar rabbit and Pewter rose but also In his many competition victories!In competition dining as well as his partnership victory with the great chef Geoff Bragg in the Iron Fork competition 2013!

Anonymous said...

Pewter Rose was a winner.

Anonymous said...

oh great, another overpriced, underportioned food joint insinuates itself into the neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

^You are the same person who complains about there being too much sand on the beach.