Jezebel's will bring Southern comfort to LoHi next month
In fact, Jezebel's is taking over 900 square feet from Rosa Linda's, so that they could put in the "real restaurant kitchen, complete with hood" that the Bean never had, says Wanda James, who's opening the place with her husband, chef Scott Durrah, and partner/general manager Robert Perry.
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Joining Durrah in the kitchen will be Leo Harvey, the former chef of Big Game. The food they'll be cooking there will be Southern, "although we're taking it a little deeper," James says. That means black-eyed-pea hummus in addition to fried chicken and barbecue, as well as an emphasis on vegetarian dishes; they're also working with pastry chefs to come up with Southern specialty desserts, including red velvet cake.
While they polish the menu, they're also finishing off the interior. The purple alligator bar stools went in yesterday, and the long bar will be covered with hundred-year-old planks; wood accents have been added around the space, which also includes new booths. "It will be dramatically different," James says, but the great old tile floors remain. "We're beyond excited. I can't wait to show this one off," she says, adding that part of that excitement could well be the fact that they live right around the corner from the new place. "After all the restaurants we've done, this one feels really good."
Jezebel's will be their sixth restaurant. They closed their fifth, 8 Rivers, last October. The space they left behind at 1550 Blake Street is slated to become a second location for T|ACO; the original made its debut this spring in Boulder.
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