Edward Lee's new restaurant, MilkWood, a "modern speakeasy with cuisine that will explore Southern Bar Food with an Asian Pantry," is set to open in a few weeks at Actors Theatre.
While Actors Theatre's press release said it'd open on Feb. 8, Lee was a bit less definitive. "Opening date is never set, even if we swear by it," Lee said. "Having said that, we're crossing our fingers for Feb 8th."
Named after the Dylan Thomas play, Under Milk Wood, the dining room will seat 75 with space for 20 more at the bar. Speaking of the bar, it'll have four wine taps. "For now we'll do the basics, Chardonnay, Syrah, etc.," Lee said, "but we plan to change them seasonally, so expect some fun wines to come." MilkWood also will feature four beers on tap, all from "regional craft brewers," Lee said.
As for specific menu items, Lee said "We're still working out the kinks, so [I'm] not comfortable with revealing too much at the moment but we're having fun with a cool fried chcken recipe and a lip smacking frog leg dish."
Per the press release, "Appetizers will range from $7-$12 with main courses priced from $12-$22, making the restaurant competitively priced with neighboring downtown restaurants."
As for how Lee's going to manage both 610 Magnolia and MilkWood? "I'm going to clone myself. And just as a back up, I'm also handing over more control to some incredible chefs who have worked under me and have earned the right to their own spotlight: Nick Sullivan at 610 Magnolia and Kevin Ashworth at MilkWood."
[Photos: Whitney Harrod Morris]
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