Supperland now has an official opening day. The Plaza Midwood restaurant will open March 3 — after facing numerous delays because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We are pushing forward as quickly as we can,” says Jamie Brown. “We knew we’ve got to get open.”
She and husband Jeff Tonidandel are behind that roughly $2 million venture. The 250-seat restaurant and cocktail bar breathes new life into a former church at 1212 The Plaza.
The couple also is behind Haberdish, Crepe Cellar, Reigning Doughnuts and Growler’s Pourhouse in NoDa.
It won’t be quite the opening the couple had planned. Supperland will have limited hours and be restricted to 50% dine-in capacity when it opens because of Covid. That will limit sales initially, but the couple remains hopeful that conditions will improve as the Covid vaccine rollout continues and business will increase.
“We have a vision of how we’d like the place to be and how much energy we want in there. It just won’t be that way for the first few months,” Tonidandel says.
Adds Brown: “We’re excited about the change to open. It think a lot of people are excited to try something new.”
They’re planning a ticketed, five-course event to give people a taste of Supperland on Feb. 26 and 27. Tickets will go on sale in the near future.
Expect Supperland to meld a Southern steakhouse with a whimsical church potluck, Brown says.
The menu is built around wood-grilled fare, with temps between 800 and 900 degrees. Think whole fish, lobsters, steak and veggies on the grill. Homemade bread will be baked in a wood-fired oven. Appetizers will be potluck inspired.
“The things you can do with that kind of heat is really cool. It’s an experience you can’t really get at home,” Tonidandel says.
The restaurant’s design builds on the church’s architecture. For example, the center aisle of the church remains. It leads to a chef’s counter where guests can watch open-fire cooking. The space takes advantage of tall, open-truss ceilings and large windows. Deep purple booths and dark floors provide an element of richness and warmth.
In addition to the church, a secondary building has been transformed into the cocktail bar, with a Southern garden for outdoor seating.
Gais Construction was the general contractor. Peadon Finein Architecture was the architect.