Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Boxed into a Corner

Posted By on Tue, May 20, 2008 at 11:43 AM

The restaurant group that includes the The Corner Pub in midtown and Alley Pub and Dalton's in Bellevue is adding two new nameplates. The Corner Pub in the Woods opened May 9 at 8058 Highway 100, and the owners are in the process of renovating the former Box Seat in Green Hills into a family-friendly smokehouse-style restaurant slated to open July 1.

Keith Blakely, former general manager of South Street and Bound'ry, is overseeing the renovation of the building at 2221 Bandywood Drive, which housed the bygone den of teenage iniquity known as Gameland prior to its sports bar days as The Box Seat. The building has been taken down to the studs and will be rebuilt with a new kitchen and bathrooms and garage doors that open onto patios on both levels (read: smoking will be allowed).

Chef Kelly Weatherford, an alumnus of the recently shuttered Trace restaurant, will man the menu of house-smoked ribs, brisket and salmon. In addition to barbecue, the restaurant will have a taste of the Gulf Coast, with oysters on the half-shell and fresh grouper.

The Corner Pub in midtown and The Corner Pub in the Woods were founded by the same group that opened The Corner Pub in Green Hills at 4111 Hillsboro Pike, but that restaurant is now run by an independent team.

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