Those de Cavels keep interrupting my blogging time off with interesting press releases. This time, I was surprised to learn that the rather critically acclaimed Pho Paris is becoming a comfort food, affordable restaurant called Chalk Food + Wine, with a focus on the wine. I look forward to the wine dinners and such they’ll be having. It’s worth noting, for me at least, that they re-open on January 15 (the day after my birthday!).
On a similar note, although not related to the de Cavels, One Restaurant and Lounge in Mason is closing. They’ve been hurt because of the construction and "revitalization" of downtown Mason’s Main Street. On the up side, they hope to re-open later in another location. Of course, we heard that about the Maisonette too, if I recall correctly. Anyway, their last night, like that of Pho Paris, is New Year’s Eve.
The full press release for Chalk’s opening (and the closing of Pho Paris) is after the jump.
Pho Paris to become Chalk Food + Wine
Covington, KY – Jean-Robert’s Group welcomes a new food destination on Greenup Street. Pho Paris will close after New Year’s Eve and is planning to reopen to the public on Tuesday, January 15th as Chalk Food + Wine.
Chalks’ menu will be based on our approach to comfort food, with a whimsical touch. “I wanted something a bit more casual and approachable for the guests. I believe this concept will satisfy everyone’s expectations,” de Cavel said. This new venture is a strong collaboration with our existing team, Chef Jared Whalen and his kitchen brigade, Pastry Chef Summer Genetti, Manager/Sommelier Bryant Phillips and his front of the house staff, which have made Pho Paris’s reputation as one of the best destination restaurants in Cincinnati.
The food approach will be keeping our philosophy of the group, using the best fresh ingredients from the season and trying to use local products as much as possible, making everything from scratch. The menu will feature Starters (selection for cold and hot appetizers) from $5-11, Hand Food (sandwiches) and Eat Us (selection of main entrée) from $6.5 to $28, Friends (side dishes) from $5-7 and Sweets (selection of desserts) from $5-8.
The wine approach will be a huge part of Chalk. The front side room will be turned into a wine room – cellar style with a selection of international wines concentrating on small production/artisanal wines at retail pricing for every budget, for take-out or to be consumed in the restaurant with a minimal corkage fee. The wine list in the dining room will focus on intense selection of glass pours. The wine room will also be available for wine tastings as well as to be booked as a private room for up to 16 people. The Chalk team will work on wine dinners and pairings to please everyone.
The new look of 318 Greenup Street will have a feel of a neighborhood eclectic, whimsical place where people can gather anytime of the week to share some wonderful dishes or experience an interesting selection of wine. Chalkboard will be placed in the room with some art by local artists focusing on food and wine. The feel will be very comfortable to every one. “Having such a passionate team as Jared, Summer, Bryant and their staff who care about their craft and the dedication to please the guest the best possible, I am so excited to be part of this new concept and wish our Chalk team good luck. Having our partners Martin and Marilyn Wade invested in Covington on Greenup Street, we’re so thankful to be able and pleased to bring a new food and wine destination to this neighborhood. We’re waiting to serve you, Cheers, Santé, See you in mid January” says de Cavel.
For reservations or information about Chalk please call 859.643.1234 or visit Open Table.
318 Greenup Street, Covington, KY 41011
(P) 859.643.1234 (F) 859.643.1900
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