Dining With Denise Neil

East-side restaurant owners need more time, push opening date back

Two Olives originally was set to open today, but the owners say they need more time for training and test runs.
Two Olives originally was set to open today, but the owners say they need more time for training and test runs.

The owners of Two Olives, the new restaurant in the former Chelsea’s space at 2949 N. Rock Road, need a little more time and will not open the new restaurant to the public today after all.

Co-owner Randa Toubia said that she and her sister, Joumana, had initially hoped to be ready by today, but they need more time for training and test runs.

“As much as I’d like to open quickly, I also want to do it right,” she said.

A new opening date hasn’t been chosen yet, but it’ll likely be in about two weeks, she said.

When it does open, it will serve lunch only from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Once lunch service is smoothed out, Two Olives will start its regular hours, which will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Two Olives will be closed on Sundays, but brunch will be served at the neighboring Olive Tree banquet facility from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Joumana and Randa Toubia closed Piccadilly, the restaurant they’d run at 7728 E. Central since 1989, last September. The building they’d been in was demolished, and the landlord leased the space to Sprouts Farmers Market, which should open sometime in early 2017.

The sisters describe Two Olives as a “chef casual” cafe and plan to include many of the Mediterranean dishes made popular at Piccadilly Grill. Customers will order at the counter at lunch so they can get in and out quickly, but dinner will be full service. Two Olives also will have a full bar and patio.

Randa Toubia said the restaurant will use ingredients sourced from local farms, plus non-GMO chicken and 90 percent grass-feed beef. It will use very little oil and no processed ingredients.

Stay tuned for the new opening date.

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