Here now, a look inside the newest project from bull-rider and serial bruncher John Gorham: The Mediterranean Exploration Company is now softly open inside the Pearl District's onetime Riffle NW space, replacing its seafood-and-sailing aesthetic with a simple, streamlined space to enjoy beef and lamb kebabs, fried anchovies, and grilled octopus. As with Gorham's other restaurants (Toro Bravo, Tasty N Sons), both space and menu are designed for group dining experiences: Two- and four-tops form long lines in the main dining room (allowing for easy pushing together of tables), while an eight-seat high-top table stands at attention in the center of the bar.
At the bar and chef's counter, light woods and while tile take over the decor, complemented by dark wood and metal stools. Toward the back, a half-dozen seats line a dining counter, which faces out toward the Pearl (with its doors rolled up during the summertime, it's practically outdoor dining). Later this week, Eater will take a look at the opening-day menu, but first, take a look inside: