Frost is not only drawing a healthy crowd of regulars for brews and buffs, whiskeys and waxes, but also has a growing fan base for its tasty burgers, and now Jeff Powell is planning to expand next door next month. But don’t expect more of the manicures and Manhattans theme. The plan is to open Back Alley Bistrot, which he says will be California-style and have 60 seats, with 40 inside and 20 outside. Expect a menu that includes cedar plank-roasted salmon, goat cheese and smoked tofu blinis, ahi tuna tartar, braised (for six hours or more) oxtails, well, the list goes on. But not too long. Powell says it will be a tight menu: three salads, three appetizers, five entrees, three desserts, and so on. Three things to note:
- Powell plans to regularly change that menu, depending in good part on what seasonal ingredients are available.
- Diners will have the option of writing down, on a card, what they would eat for their “last dinner” — call it death row dining. Powell will keep those cards in a bowl and each month select one and make the food listed.
- And he plans a chef’s table. Book that eight-seater beside the kitchen and food delivery will not be a problem.
Back Alley Bistrot is slated to open in mid-August, with operating hours of 11 AM to 2 PM and 5 PM to 10 PM, Tuesdays to Sundays. And yes, the burgers will still be available next door.