With official word from the State of Ohio that Mike Nowak can pick up his liquor license, Black Pig in Ohio City will open next Wednesday, August 15.
Following a few Friends & Family dinners, chef Nowak believes that he and his crew are ready to go.
"They didn't take it easy on us," Nowak says of the restaurant's early guinea pigs. "But we made a few tweaks and the next night was awesome. Everything went really smooth."
Set in the space that previously housed Dragonfly (1865 W. 25th St.), Black Pig is described as a French-inspired American bistro specializing in dishes built around locally raised heritage-breed pork.
Dishes include a seared sweetbread starter with pasta and smoked trotters; a Vietnamese banh mi sandwich with pork pate, chicken pate, pork belly and slaw; butter-poached pork loin with Ohio City Farm veggies; and roasted duck breast with confit crepinette and hominy.
"The growth we've seen in this neighborhood over the past five years has been insane," Nowak says. "This is one of if not the major dining and nightlife destinations in town."
Next up: Sam McNulty's Nano Brew, which is immediately next door.