Over in Kendall Yards, amid a sea of new construction, David Blaine's new restaurant Central Food is beginning to open.
Central Food opened today, and will have limited hours this week as the staff tests menu items, learns the new computer system and generally work out the kinks, Blaine said. Through Friday, Central Food will be open for breakfast and lunch, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturday, the restaurant will be open for dinner service from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Next week, Blaine said, they'll work on offering all three meals.
Blaine, who was the head chef at Latah Bistro, told The Spokesman-Review this summer he thought the Kendall Yards was the city's most exciting development, and he couldn't pass up the opportunity to open his first restaurant there.
The building, at 1335 W. Summit Parkway, is brand new. The restaurant sports that industrial vibe that's popular now. The walls are painted in gray and blue tones. The floor is concrete. There are gleaming metal pipes and vents above the open kitchen. But wooden table tops and accents help bring warmth to the space, and the large south-facing windows let in plenty of light and offer nice views of west donwtown, Browne's Addition and Peaceful Valley. The restaurant will seat 70 when it is fully open.
My colleague and I walked over for lunch today, and we ended up building our meals from the small plate offerings. She went vegetarian, with roasted Brussels sprouts, skillet potatoes and molé lentils. I was feeling British, and went with the Scotch eggs and the meat pie. It was all delicious. Best of all, we had prompt and attentive service - good news for a restaurant on its first day.
Three curry chocolate mini cupcakes came back to the office in a box, awaiting afternoon snack time.
Blaine said he expects to have the formal grand opening sometime around Black Friday, which is Nov. 23 this year. Stay tuned.