It’s oft said God doesn’t close a pop-up without opening a restaurant.
Such was the case for Brian Dunsmoor and Kris Tominaga, the guys behind Venice’s beloved ephemeral dining room, Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.
Shortly after shuttering, the duo got an offer they couldn’t refuse: a permanent space to call their own.
Opening this week inside Melrose’s Palihotel — and backed by sous chef Adrian Blech — The Hart and the Hunter picks up where Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing left off, with rustic, market-fresh fare inflected with Southern soul. Dinner brings WSC staples, like kale salad and smoked trout, alongside new dishes (hanger steak and creamy grits, venison carpaccio). Lunch is an informal affair with soups, sandwiches, and satisfying salads bearing chunks of roasted veggies and hearty grains.
For early birds, there’s Handsome Coffee and a light breakfast menu (warm made-to-order biscuits, savory country ham).
Can we get a hallelujah?
The Hart and the Hunter, 7950 Melrose Avenue, at North Hayworth Avenue, Mid-City West (323-424-3055 or thehartandthehunter.com).
Photo: Courtesy of The Hart and the Hunter