That's what I learned when by stopping by early in the morning and receiving an impromptu tour of the Jay Pennington-William Inman restaurant.
I snapped some pictures that don't quite do it justice, but if you're familiar with Pennington's restaurants, you'll believe that it's all custom, all premium and just gorgeous, with something new and beautiful to discover around each curve and corner.
The interior is divided into lots of diverse areas: quiet corners, booths that shield your party and keep out noise, some traditional four-tops, and wide-open party spaces and a gemutlich curved bar. There's an emphasis on outdoorsy spaces, with lots of roll-up walls, fireplaces, fire pits, patios and such.
The bars are made from glass and crushed oyster shells and other material bound in a two-part resin that's not a resin. Curly maple makes up part of the custom woodwork, and there's a an open-flame brick oven. The bathrooms have high windows for natural light, and there are spectacular mosaics on the walls.
What's that you ask? Will the menu be equally custom and quirky? We believe so. Chef Deb Paquette is helping develop the menu before she departs in May to launch her own place at the Encore in SoBro. Dana got a report from Paquette this week. Edgar Pendley, formerly of Sperry's, is Urban Grub's chef, and Megan Williams, a veteran of Capitol Grille, is the pastry chef.
When Dana got the scoop from Pennington back in the fall, he promised Southern-style seafood and a raw bar with oysters, a charcuterie menu with various meats smoked in house and a roster of accessible Latin dishes like tacos and enchiladas.