A longtime Sullivan’s Steakhouse general manager plans to open Parkside restaurant in the downtown Raleigh spot that used to be home to Brewmaster’s Bar & Grill and Joe’s Place.
Co-owner Todd Henderson worked for Sullivan’s Steakhouse locations in Raleigh and Austin over a period of a dozen years; his Sullivan’s tenure was interrupted by a three-year stint at Raleigh’s Sitti restaurant, part of the Empire Eats restaurant group. To lead the kitchen at Parkside, Henderson has hired chef Matt Scofield, who worked for six years as the executive chef at Sitti.
Henderson describes Parkside, which he hopes to open in four to six weeks, as “a gastropub with an upscale menu that is approachable and affordable.” Lunch will include salads, sandwiches, burgers and wraps, made with local, seasonal ingredients, and priced from $7-$12. One emphasis at lunch, he said, will be a quick turnaround for both takeout and sit-down diners. The dinner menu will be the same as lunch except for changing dinner features, which will cost $12-$22.
As a homage to Joe’s Place, Henderson said they will offer about 10 different sides, which will change regularly. They hope to offer a “meat and three” offering where diners can pair a choice of sides with a protein, such as prime rib, salmon, baked or fried chicken, etc. (Henderson, 45, grew up in Raleigh and fondly recalls going to eat lunch at Joe’s Place with his mother, a social worker who worked at the Wake County courthouse.)
Henderson is also excited about what the restaurant will be able to offer vegetarians. About Scofield, Henderson said, “He’s very good at creating vegetarian dishes that are rich and delicious.”
For the bar, Henderson, a sommelier, and manager Mark Meis, a cicerone, the bar, will choose a selection of about 40 craft beers as well as several wines to be available on tap. Henderson added that he also wants to offer Larry’s Beans cold brew coffee on tap.
Parkside is at 301 W. Martin St., Raleigh. Hours: 11 a.m.-midnight, Sunday-Saturday.