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.