Well the Twitterverse went a little nutso this morning when Tim Niver tweeted out this gem:
It seems there's no rest for the wicked(ly awesome). On the heels of opening Saint Dinette, Niver has made a deal to purchase the old old Mildred Pierce Cafe on West Seventh, with intent to open an Italian eatery.
"It's a mom and pop place, it's screaming for a mom and pop kind of shop," Niver says. "You know I've had this Italian concept in my mind for years and I've always been looking for a place for it. I've been through every available property in town, I swear. But when I saw this spot, it just speaks to me, I just thought it was perfect."
The old building at 786 Randolph has been vacant since it was last Cafe Tava, and there are still some zoning issues and license hurdles to jump, but if all goes well at the August 27 public hearing, it should be a GO. And this is a turn-key situation with little or no construction, so it should be open before the end of the year when it gets the green light.
So Italian, really? "I spent time with my mom in New Hampshire and we were going over old family recipes, for meatballs and red sauces, just comforting meals. You know how at home you have a red sauce for winter time and a red sauce for summer, but it's all homey and real." That's where this is going kids, lasagna, pastas, no need for crudo.
The as-yet-unnamed spot will be a fast-casual experience with only beer and wine. With 45-50 seats, it will be small and cozy to be sure. The guy behind the stoves will be Chris Uhrich, currently sous chef at Strip Club. "Chris has a gift with flour. So the food will be a little bit of my mom's stuff, a little bit of Chris's stuff, a little red sauce Italian, maybe a bit of Northern Italian, it'll be fun." There's talk of some pizza shenanigans that they've been perfecting during family meal and for the weekends, instead of brunch, they're planning on just doing doughnuts (which Uhrich has damn straight perfected at Strip Club brunch).
So stay tuned for the name, stay tuned for the public hearing, stay tuned for Italian doughnuts.