Monday, March 29, 2010

Veranda Restaurant to Open Soon in Former Trace Space

Posted By on Mon, Mar 29, 2010 at 6:06 PM

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.

click to enlarge An illustration from the sign permit application for the new restaurant filling 2000 Belcourt
  • An illustration from the sign permit application for the new restaurant filling 2000 Belcourt
The entrepreneur behind Veranda is Wayne Fricks. He is best-known in the restaurant world as a former owner of the legendary Stock-Yard restaurant. Fricks bought that business from Buddy Killen in 1999 and sold it in 2004.

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.

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