30th Street's newest food addition is a second offering from tried-and-true neighborhood restaurateurs. Tammy and Fred Piehl, who've owned and operated The Smoking Goat in North Park since 2010, are unveiling their remodel of an adjacent storefront into a casual bar and eatery, One Door North, that the couple says is inspired by outdoor adventuring and discovery.
The 5,000-square-foot,140-seat space has two dining areas, a front section which opens onto the sidewalk with wooden tables and camping lanterns hung overhead, and a more intimate dining room that houses three stylish tents set against a nature-themed wall, that each hold tables for six to eight people or can be combined into one large private space for groups of 30. In the center, a bar and lounge features three TVs and 20 taps of beer and cider. One Door North will also offer craft cocktails and at least 40 wines, and will have a special retail area for off-site bottle sales.
In the completely revamped kitchen, executive chef Fred Piehl, supported by Russell Hayden and Steven Hurn, will turn out a menu that's lighter and more American influenced than his bistro-style fare at The Smoking Goat. There are pizzas, burgers and salads, but the seasonal dishes also include cast iron-roasted vegetables and playful plates that evoke cooking in the great outdoors, from campfire trout with cornbread and coleslaw to a s'mores dessert.
For now, the restaurant will open daily at 4 p.m. for dinner, but the Piehls are hoping that a change in licensing will enable them to extend service to lunch and brunch in a few months, which would make the restaurant more family-friendly.