After searching for a suitable place for a new concept, which at one point was reportedly to be the La Gran Tapa downtown, the Sycamore Den team found an ideal spot for their next project very close to home.
Backed by principal partners Russell Hampton and Nick Zanoni - Zanoni co-founded Slow Food-minded Farm 255 in Athens, Georgia - is Burnside, which will replace Country Kabob at 3375 Adams Avenue and sits just a storefront removed from the Normal Heights cocktail den.
Sycamore Den design duo Bells & Whistles (Bracero, Starlite) are heading up the look for Burnside, described as an "industrial take on the traditional delicatessen".
Chef Lhasa Landry (The Heart & Trotter) will be developing a lunch and dinner menu of meat-centric artisan sandwiches influenced by global street food, plus healthy food choices for kids and some takeout options.
Slated for a March opening, Burnside will serve craft beer and wine; those wanting to sip a cocktail with their sandwich will be able to bring the food over to Sycamore Den to enjoy with one of resident drink guru Eric Johnson's craft creations.