After shuttering last fall for a remodel, Craft & Commerce will reopen to the public this week. The much-anticipated revamp includes a second bar, new cocktails, more seating, expanded patio, and a real deal tiki bar dubbed False Idol tucked within the space — read vital intel about the bar here.
The Little Italy restaurant, opened by CH Projects (Ironside Fish & Oyster, Neighborhood) in 2010, also has an upgraded kitchen that features a custom-made wood-fired grill that will power a thoroughly updated menu run by new executive chef Ted Smith, formerly of Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant. Eater caught up with the chef to get his take on the new food program and give our readers a sneak peek at the grand opening menu.
Smith says that he collaborated on the menu with CH Projects' corporate chef Jason McLeod and the hospitality group's co-founder Arsalun Tafazoli and in deference to sister restaurant Ironside, there will be no seafood served save for a grilled oyster appetizer. The meat and vegetable-forward offerings range from small share plates to housemade pasta and larger entrees, including Smith's chicken fried quail with pepper jack mac and cheese. Many of the plates will come off the red and white oak-fueled grill, including a smoky eggplant dip, rotisserie chicken and chili-marinated tomahawk pork chop, and there are even a few original Craft & Commerce holdovers, including bone marrow and reimagined versions of its burger and Korean chicken wings.
Check out the entire grand opening menu below: