The Pantry, located in the spot once occupied by Gypsy's Bar and Grill, is now open. Tomas Bohm, formerly the manager at So Restaurant-Bar, serves as the chef/owner. The cuisine, he says, is a “rustic and eclectic mix” that encompasses his Czech Republic heritage. Everything, from “pate to bratwurst” will be house-made, Bohm said. A full bar features a special emphasis on craft beers.
The restaurant, at 11401 N Rodney Parham Road, is open from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 4 p.m. until midnight or 1 a.m. on Thursday through Saturday. The phone number is 551-0483.
Hendrix alumni plan to revive the space on North Palm Street that formerly housed the Laughing Moon Cafe and Sufficient Grounds. Real-estate developer Josh Blevins and Nick Coffin are investing, with Coffin serving as managing partner. Nathan Miller, a recent graduate of the New England Culinary Institute, will serve as executive chef. Coffin said the aim is to fill three niches — coffee shop, breakfast joint and a quiet spot for beer and wine. There'll also be lunch and dinner offerings, ranging from soups and salads to burgers. Menus will revolve around local and seasonal produce.
Coffin said he plans to do quite a bit of remodeling, keeping the space “funky, but cleaner.” He hopes to open by June 1, but no later than June 15.
Two alumni from “Top Chef” will offer cooking demonstrations April 21 at the Farmers' Market, using ingredients purchased at the market. The event runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.