The new restaurant from Peter George and Tom Main is expected to open Thursday at the corner of 16th and New Jersey streets.
The restaurant’s name, Tinker Street, is a nod to the original name of 16th Street. (Indeed, we’ve seen several area businesses, such as the nearby Tinker Flats development, embrace the historic name.)
The small restaurant, a former real estate office, also has a heated three-season type patio, which was warm enough for seating during private events last weekend.
Last Saturday evening saw a nearly full dining room, with dinner attendees enjoying a sampling of head chef Braedon Kellner’s menu.
The regular menu, with entrees that top out at under $20, has plenty of variety. We tried the seared fennel, the bean curd and fried Brussels sprouts from the small plates menu, as well as the diver scallops, the albacore and the sirloin — all excellent — from the land/water section of the menu. The squash bisque, in the botanicals section, was also terrific (as were the pot de creme s’more and the “Twinkie” from the confections menu).
It’s a surprisingly large menu for such a small space — Kellner is making use of every bit of space in restaurant’s open kitchen.
But that’s part of the appeal. The kitchen is right there, visible from the dining room. The view of traffic from 16th Street adds a city vibe. And a small bar in the dining room (the restaurant is 21-over) offers a great spot to take it all in — although there are a couple of booths that looks like they might be coveted tables.
Hours at Tinker Street will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to midnight Friday; 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday; and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m Sunday.
Check the Tinker Street website for more info.
— Jolene Ketzenberger