When veteran restaurateurs Peter George and Tom Main got back into the food biz, they got back in a big way – even though their restaurant is really small.
Within three weeks of opening last January in the 900-square-foot Tinker Street, George said, “we were serving 200 people on a Saturday.”
And they’ll be serving even more this time next year when they open another restaurant nearby Tinker Street, which is located at the corner of 16th and New Jersey streets.
“I think our hope is maybe around May next year we’ll have something open,” said Main.
A building right across the street, which was built in the late 1800s, will become George’s and Main’s next project – an Italian restaurant, which will also have a small footprint.
“I think it’s actually smaller than this is,” Main said.
But why open another place right across the street?
“We’ve got young people that work with us that want to be head chefs, and we want to help them become head chefs. We want people to continue to grow and prosper,” George said. “And this was kind of our test. It didn’t take very long before we decided, hey, we want to do something across the street. We’re capable of doing it, and our partnership is working.”
The new restaurant will focus on Italian fare, will offer beer and wine and will likely have a small open kitchen, but beyond that, Main said, they really don’t have many details.
“It isn’t going to be red and white tablecloths,” said Main. “We want to replicate some of the things we’ve done at Tinker Street. We want a really good vibe, and we want plenty of outdoor seating, and we want that fresh, flavorful food. And we want to make it as affordable as we can.” — Jolene Ketzenberger