When Food News writer Pam Denney and I stopped by the newly opened Local Gastropub on Tuesday afternoon, we found both the owner and the manager to be completely in the dark.
Construction in the area had shut off power and owner Jeffrey Johnson was on the phone with MLGW, while manager Chris Armes did some work on her laptop.
Despite the lack of electricity, Johnson and Ames took the time to tell us a little bit about Local, which opened last Friday in the Sauces site on Main downtown.
According to Johnson, the idea behind Local, both in name and concept, is that of a neighborhood British pub.
He says the aim is to serve fine food in a casual atmosphere ... a sort of happy medium between a Huey's and a Circa.
The menu reflects Johnson's mix of Southern and Italian influences: grilled flatbreads, Creole shrimp and grits, Italian sausage ragu, Delta fish and chips, meatball sliders, etc.
Johnson took over Sauces from the original owners 18 months ago. For this new venture, he's done quite a bit of work to the interior, including converting the downstairs space into a more formal dining room.
Local opens at 4 p.m. daily.
More details to come in Pam's Food News column.