Just to stop the rumour mill from continuing to churn out some real doozies, a veteran FOH’er named Lisa Hewlett (ex-Boathouse, Jimmy’s Taphouse) has struck a deal with Aurora owner Jeff Van Geest to take over his former Main St. location (he handed over the keys this morning). The most interesting gossip saw the space landing in the lap of Andrey Durbach and Chris Stewart of Parkside, La Buca, and Pied-a-Terre, but though there was some truth to this (there were talks) it has come to naught. The deal is done.
The new restaurant, dubbed The Wallflower Modern Diner, will focus on accessible, health-conscious diner fare with some of the recipes coming from Hewlett’s own grandmother. Renos sound like they’ll be light to moderate, with very little in the way of structural modifications (if any at all). Opening day is slated for some time in January.
“We’re trying to bring something to the community that will be a good fit” Hewlett told me over the phone this afternoon. Diner food sounds about right these days.
We wish both Lisa and Jeff the best of luck.