The Anchor’s Schane Gross is planning to open Fork & Fennel in the old Taco Tinga space in August. The Anchor’s Schane Gross, who just opened her Douglas Avenue Chop Shop at 1113 E. Douglas, is about to open another restaurant.
Fork & Fennel is the name of the restaurant Gross is putting in to the old Taco Tinga/ Taco Tico building at 3425 E. Douglas, which is right next door to College Hill Deli & Catering.
The restaurant will showcase the locally produced products Gross has become excited about while supplying her new butcher shop: Creekstone Farms beef, Red Wattle pork, Good Shepherd poultry and Heritage eggs. She also plans to plant a garden near the restaurant and grow her own herbs and other produce. She’s already hired a gardener to work on that part of the project.
The menu will feature Parisian-style sandwiches on baguette plus entrees made with the local meats. She’ll have locally-made beers on draft and bottled craft beers and also will feature a menu of cocktails.
Fork & Fennel will be open for lunch and dinner, and Gross, who lives nearby, is hoping to attract a neighborhood crowd. She’s even planning to turn the area where the drive through is now into a bike rack.
The building needs a lot of cleaning, Gross said, but she is planning on an inexpensive remodel. She’ll document her efforts at “opening a restaurant on a dime” on a blog that she’s setting up.
Gross hopes to have the restaurant ready by August. Stay tuned for details.