Chef Clay Greenberg, an alumnus of Lime, Virago and Layl'a, is striking out on his own with a French-style bistro in Green Hills. The ink is still wet on the lease for the space at 3790 Bedford Avenue, at the corner of Crestmoor in the new Bedford Commons area, where Greenberg will launch Chez Lis.
Named for his daughter Lily, Chez Lis (pronounced "Shay Lease," and meaning "Lily's Place") will serve lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, with a menu of classic French bistro cuisine and charcuterie prepared in house with seasonal and local produce and all-natural meats.
"A neighborhood is defined by its restaurants, and I want to create a place that's away from the hubbub of The Gulch, where the Green Hills/Belle Meade neighborhood comes to eat," Greenberg says.
Expect a roster of pâté, saucissions, rillettes of pig feet, braised oxtail Bourgignon, steak frîtes and moûles, with a focus on braising in the winter. Prices for entrees will range from $18 to $29. Greenberg expects to open in February 2010. In the meantime he is assembling a list of locally made cheeses, artisanal breads and other resources, including produce from local farmer Sean Siple. Dallas-based architect Greg Ibañez has drafted designs for the 2,400-square-foot space.