The wait for Richard Blais’ newest venture is nearly over. Originally announced back in August of 2011, The Spence is finally set to open to the public this Saturday, May 26th.
The new restaurant sees Blais partnered back up with Concentrics Restaurants, and will serve the Top Chef All-Stars winner’s takes on classic American dishes. The restaurant will open in the old Globe space at 75 5th street in midtown. At the heart of the new kitchen sits this behemoth, a 2500 lbs. refurbished English forge found abandoned on a road in the UK.
It has been a few years since Blais has truly run a kitchen in Atlanta, operating instead as a consultant for Flip and HD1. It should be interesting to see if a busy few years and a little notoriety has changed his style.
For the first few nights, the new restaurant will be reservation only, and tables can only be reserved through DMs to their Twitter account.
UPDATE – 5/22: I just spoke with Hannah Huffines with Concentrics and she clarified the Twitter situation. Apparently, The Spence’s Open Table account won’t be set up until Tuesday and their phone system is not up and running. However, they wanted diners to have the chance to make reservations somehow, and Twitter was the best short-term solution. The Twitter reservations will cover Saturday and Sunday night, and by next week, phone and Open Table reservations will be available. The Spence will tweet details of how to submit a reservation shortly.
- By Jon Watson, Food & More blog