A little bit of news for the fans of Parka, Victory 44 and the like. Erick Harcey is leaving the partnership of Stock & Badge.
Harcey teamed up with Greg Hoyt of Dogwood Coffee and Steve Horton of Rustica to form Stock & Badge, whose first project was launching Parka in the Forage Modern Workshop. Their mission was to bring together quality products and launch a whole host of eateries and food collaborations all around the metro.
Harcey sent me a note explaining that effective immediately he will no longer be acting Executive Chef for Stock & Badge, which includes Parka, Rustica, Dogwood, Half Pint (the kid-friendly new spot for the MIA), and Grain Stack (the planned evolution of MIA's Mezzanine space). He plans to stay on as a partner, but will be taking a sabbatical from day to day operations.
"In what I could chalk up to as a critical point of my personal culinary journey, with agreement from my family and business partners, I came to a point in which I could keep growing with the company and open more incredible casual restaurant spots and coffee bars, or stop and reinspire. I feel very blessed that my partners and friends in Stock and Badge agree that it is important I reset and get back to cooking."
Harcey plans to rededicate his time to Victory 44 (under the company name Foodcrafters) in order to reconnect to his cooks and the line while he makes some significant changes in the place.
"Over the next few months you will see Victory 44 evolve into a restaurant that will really be much more family/casual oriented. The menu will be built around the fantastic perfect burger with a exciting kids menu and some larger format meals for 2-4 focused around whole animal butchery. You will see new dishes like dry aged salisbury steak with bone marrow jus and smoked aligote potatoes, or our version of vongole. In addition to the incredible meat offerings you will also see a strong emphasis on exciting vegetable cookery. We will build our takeout/ provisions aspect of Victory 44 coffee bar and build a restaurant that is family affordable. We will start taking reservations at all times. We will be transitioning away from tasting menus but the food will stay exciting, comfortable and progressive."
Wow. All this along with the news that Harcey will be taking over the former In Season space (across from Cafe Maude) and launching a restaurant called Bent Arrow. Harcey says that it will be more like the original Victory 44, small and intense with chef-driven menus on blackboards that change often. Harcey plans to be behind that line several nights a week.