Eater caught wind of new details on the anticipated opening of the Populist, the restaurant created by Jonathan Power and Noah Price from the hot spot Crema Coffee House. Here's the low-down:
Space highlights: The goal here is a community-oriented space where interaction is easy and seamless and the design enhances the experience. There are two bars in the space, one with an attractive and cozy charred wood top and a second made of a collage of patina-covered squares. Two high-top tables for six to eight can accommodate larger parties and double up as community seating. The two top tables are wrapped in copper, mirroring the bar. An imposing wall is wrapped in a Damasc wallpaper with the formed plywood banquettes resting on this wall being wrapped in the same wallpaper - an optical illusion blend of space and pattern comes out of this combination.
Anticipated Opening Date: No precise date yet, but a promise of serving food by the end of the month. (The last prediction was September 1)
Current hold-up: Waste water permitting through the city. While the process takes a while, it is on track and all documents are currently being processed.
Booze: The Populist carefully selected its price-conscious wine list and is ironing the details of its cocktail program.
Menu Overview: Small shared plates, modern American cuisine, just a couple of entrees. Menu will change with the seasons.
Spotlight dishes: From the current menu: a chicken liver mousse with sour cherry compote, sea salt, and toast and a shaved fennel salad -with grapefruit, red beets, jalapenos, parsley, and a champagne honey vinaigrette.
— Andra Zeppelin
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