Third Time's The Charm

Village Kitchen tries again, this time with burgers and mac 'n' cheese

Village Kitchen tries again, this time with lobster mac and cheese

Village Kitchen Burger
Village Kitchen serves its last meal at the end of March. Photo courtesy of Village Kitchen
Village Kitchen Roasted Chicken
Village Kitchen roasted chicken. Get it while you can. Photo courtesy of Village Kitchen
Chef Andre Natera
Village Kitchen chef Andre Natera followed Top Chef contestant Tre Wilcox. Courtesy photo
Village Kitchen Burger
Village Kitchen Roasted Chicken
Chef Andre Natera

Third time's the charm: A new concept called Village Kitchen will replace the old Village Marquee Texas Bar & Grill, located at the Highland Park Village Theater.

The new concept features returning chef Andre Natera, this time doing a "playful menu" with an atmosphere that's more casual; think hardwood floors and wooden tables covered in butcher's paper. The restaurant will be open August 22.

This makes the third concept that's gone in this troubled space; the first was Marquee Grill, designed as a showpiece for celebu-chef Tre Wilcox, who departed at the end of 2012. Natera came to the rescue in March with a higher-priced menu with entrees ranging from $21 to $38, topping out at a 22-ounce porterhouse for $55.

Village Kitchen backs away from that high end, with a short rib banh mi sandwich for $13, roast chicken for $19, and lobster mac and cheese for $23.

"Village Kitchen will serve the needs of our guests any day of the week with a lunch and dinner menu that is accessible and relevant to the entire family with reasonable price points," Natera said in a release.

There'll be daily specials such as lobster Thermidor and chicken and waffles, plus sandwiches, burgers, soups and salads. Small bites and sides range from a salad with kale and smoked beet to a flatbread topped with brisket from BBQ favorite Pecan Lodge.

A bar menu features craft beers, house cocktails and sangria by the pitcher. Brunch will be offered a few weeks after the opening. For now, Village Kitchen is open for lunch on weekdays and dinner every night.

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