A high-profile building in Hillsboro Village is about to reopen as a new restaurant concept. The space at 2000 Belcourt that housed the former fine dining spot The Trace and more recently, a defunct Tangredi family project called T's Tuscan Bistro, will open soon under the name Veranda.
Fricks says he wanted to take some time after leaving the Stock-Yard before opening a similar business. But the empty restaurant space intrigued him. "I kept looking at it and looking at it, and finally I called, and bam! I was back in the restaurant business."
His team has been working on the building for some time to adapt it to his concept of "high-quality American food, steaks, seafood and pasta."
Fricks promised the menu will include a range of prices to make it accessible. He has recruited Chef Andrew Bragdon to take charge of the kitchen.
"It's going to be a real nice quality place to have dinner; good food, good atmosphere," Fricks says. He adds that he plans to hold some practice dinners before throwing open the doors for a soft opening, probably sometime this week.