Urban Grub Opening Soon in 12South

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Urban Grub, the upcoming project from restaurateur Jay Pennington and his business partner William Inman, continues to pique interest in the 12South neighhborhood. It's the fascinating two-story space rising along the busy 12th Avenue thoroughfare. All the exterior and interior features are being put in place (check out this picture of a cool oven being installed, from the Urban Grub page on Facebook), and the menu is coming together as well, thanks to Deb Paquette.

The full name of the restaurant is Urban Grub Fish Pit and Southern Cantina, which tells you a little something about the cuisine. The pieces may sound disparate, but Pennington told me in November that the uniting factor is cuisine from the regions surrounding the Gulf of Mexico. “You’ve heard of pan-Asian,” he said, laughing. “This is pan-Gulf.”

Pennington tapped the seasoned chef Paquette, known for the late, lamented Zola, a couple years ago to create the menu for his expansion of The Local Taco. Now she's helping develop the menu for Urban Grub. (That's in all her spare time when she's not working on her own upcoming restaurant, Echo at Encore.)

Urban Grub looks like it's growing by leaps and bounds every day. We'll told to expect it to open in late February.

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