An Italian restaurant is opening inside Longoven in Scott's Addition
Lost Letter, a casual and affordable Italian restaurant from the Longoven team, is opening inside Longoven in Scott's Addition on Thursday.
Why it matters: Bon Appétit twice named Longoven one of the 10 best new restaurants in America.
Details: Lost Letter will be open every Wednesday through Sunday serving a frequently changing, Northern Italian-heavy menu drawing on co-owner and executive chef Andrew Manning's decade of cooking in Alba, Italy.
- Diners can expect menu items like housemade pasta and mains including braised rabbit and grilled branzino. Pastas are priced in the teens and entrees in the low-20s.
- The new restaurant will take over Longoven's front dining room, bar and patio space. The 4-year-old Clay Street restaurant will still offer its 13-course tasting menu in the back.
After two years of pivoting and trying new concepts in an industry that was hit hard by COVID-19, co-owner Patrick Phelan said he's finally feeling excited about the future again.
- Lost Letter brings together the a la carte and experimenting of the pandemic, along with work-life balance for the team and staff.
In addition to Lost Letter, the team is working on Nokoribi inside The Veil's new tasting room coming soon.
What they're saying: "It's kind of the beginning for us … back to our Sub Rosa pop-up days," Phelan says.
Phelan wants to be clear that Longoven is not closing and fine dining is not dead.
- "I think there's plenty of people who love tweezer food," he tells Axios. "We're not going anywhere."
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