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P&G Wood Fired Kitchen Headed for Former CBC Restaurant

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The team behind Pat & Gracie’s are launching a new restaurant concept headed for the former CBC Restaurant. P&G Wood Fired Kitchen will open this summer.

The P&G menu won’t be a far cry from that of its sister locations, but co-owner Matt Rootes says to expect an array of unique dishes, like wood fired steaks, ribs, and chicken dishes, along with some sandwiches and salads. As the space possesses a wood fired oven, the plan is to add flatbreads down the road. He says P&G is an attempt to offer some moderately priced evening fare — to be a place “where you don’t have to spend $50 or $60 on a steak.”

“We’ve been thinking about it for a while. We wanted to do something like that, because we really feel like this area needs something moderately priced,” Rootes says. “We felt like the Downtown area didn’t have a niche for that casual dining place. It’s either sandwiches or it’s super high end, and we think that little bit of a niche would be good down here.”

Construction has already begun on the old CBC Restaurant, which closed in July last year due to the health of owner Doug Griggs. The space is seeing a minor facelift, with new flooring, a restored 35-seat bar, and new booths. Rootes said the aesthetic will reflect much of what Pat & Gracie’s has going on, but with a more upscale touch. The building seats about 175 with the patio, and a parking lot offers spots for up to 75 cars.

Rootes and P&G co-owner Tony Widman had been devising the concept for about a year before the space at 525 Short St. became available. As Downtown and the surrounding areas see an influx of residents and workers, and with the success of their first two locations, he says it’s the prime time to get into the Brewery District.

“We do very little advertising, much of it is word of mouth, and the neighborhood has really embraced us,” he says. “Just because of our location on Gay Street, we get good lunch traffic; dinner was something we had to build, and we’re just continuing to grow.”

Once P&G Wood Fired Kitchen is open, it’ll operate 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends. Sunday hours are to be determined.

For more information, visit patandgracies.com.

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