The saga behind Hawthorne's former Sel Gris space is shaping up to be an epic win for Trent Pierce. The tatted former Foster Burger chef and current mastermind behind the upcoming FIN restaurant dropped Eater some hints about the opening, "confidently" slated for the end of July.
On the space: "Without giving too much away, we're going with the whole eco-route. We're using all reclaimed woods, it's going to be very light, very earthy elements in there." In addition to a sweet Japanese-imported Robatayaki grill in the kitchen, the dining room is hooked up with a communal eating bar that houses the line as well as guests.
Pierce hints at a notably named sushi chef joining the current one-man team: "We will have raw preparations, but they will in no way resemble sushi," he says — think a brief (two- to four-item) crudo menu. "Basically we're going to do the menu broken up into three sections: A raw section, a smaller plate section and a medium plate section. But not small plates like at nice restaurants (Ed note: ha!) with really small portions, just not full entree[-sized]." Offerings (Pierce has revealed his winter/spring experiments on Twitter) are all about "basically highlighting the fish... taking whatever produce is available seasonally, and just combining those elements together and making the fish the star." With the changing seasons, expect more surprises.
More details — including pics!, according to Pierce — to come next week.
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