A New Restaurant by Alex Young
And other changes in the works
From the June, 2017 issue
After nearly fifteen years, Zingerman's Roadhouse cofounder and executive chef Alex Young is leaving to open a new restaurant in the space formerly occupied by the Creekside Grill at 5827 Jackson Rd. "This is the longest I've stayed in any one place," he says. "It was time to do something a bit different."
The Standard Bistro and Larder will be a white-tablecloth French restaurant featuring such traditional fare as French onion soup, escargots, and crepes, Young says, but it "will be centered around really good beef." The meat will be locally sourced from "high quality" purveyors, he says, but not from Zingerman's Cornman Farms--both the farm and events space remain within the Zingerman's Community of Businesses.
Young, whose culinary experience has taken him all over the world, cites Julia Child as an early influence in his appreciation for French cuisine. "I considered her to be my first mentor," he says. He'd been thinking about a new restaurant for quite a while, and things finally fell into place this year. He says he intends "to eventually open a second and/or third restaurant within the next few years, but we don't have any firm plans as of yet. We need to focus on opening the Standard first." He's aiming for a fall opening.
Look for a game of musical chairs this fall at Westgate Shopping Center. Mast Shoes father-and-daughter owners Greg Mast and Molly Mast-Koss have signed a lease for the former Avenue Plus store next door and plan to move to the new space by year-end.
"More space, more seating for people ... we're gonna have a public restroom, which we've needed for a long time," says Molly. "We're really excited about the opportunity to build out the space very specifically to our needs and how we work ... there will still be wall-to-wall shoes, but [it will be] easier for us to reach them."
After Mast moves, next-door neighbor Barry Bagels will expand into its present spot, says co-owner
and manager Laura Wyraz. "We're looking forward to having more space!"
Husband-and-wife owners Kathy Sample and Bill Brinkerhoff are planning to open a second Argus Farm Stop by the end of July at Packard and Wells. "It's a spot that we had looked at originally when we were trying to open in 2014, and it wasn't available then," says Brinkerhoff.
Brinkerhoff says the new store will have the same goal as the first: "to help increase the impact on local food." "The core group of farmers is gonna remain the same," adds Sample. To finance the expansion, they will be adding a fundraiser to their website, argusfarmstop.com, where supporters can make donations to the low-profit limited liabililty company (L3C). Brinkerhoff says they'll recognize donors with a commemorative set of coffee mugs and an invite to a pre-opening celebration.
[Originally published in June, 2017.]
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