"We are looking forward to activating Overton Square's 'gateway' space with Russ Graham and Tom Powers' experienced team and unique, sophisticated fine-dining concept," said Ciara Neill, director of marketing for Loeb Properties.
The pair opened Flight in 2009 Downtown and Southern Social in Germantown in 2016. The fine dining restaurants have a few things in common, but the menus are different and Porch & Parlor will also have a distinct identity.
"We view it as an opportunity to create something different, to delve into new culinary territory," Powers said.
The renovation will be extensive and the end result a white tablecloth restaurant. With 5,982 square feet and currently seating for more than 275 people inside and out, it will be the largest fine dining restaurant in the area. Bari and Restaurant Iris, both slightly off the square, offer upscale dining but are much smaller. Iris will close in the next month or two for a complete renovation and will reopen with a new menu and a more contemporary interior, but will remain fine dining.
Not long after Bar Louie closed, so did Stanley Bar-B-Que at 2101 Madison. The space, which was Paulette's for many years and Schweinehaus for several before changing its concept to barbecue, remains unoccupied.
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