Chef Craig de Villiers is opening a second Graze restaurant in downtown Lexington, in the South Limestone spot formerly known as House of Soul.
The Graze at 207 South Limestone will have a more standardized menu, offering dinner and late-night dining at first, De Villiers said Tuesday. He hopes to open in late October and serve Tuesday through Saturday.
“We’re going to go a bit more casual on the food,” de Villiers said. “We’re trying to keep it as local as possible.”
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De Villiers, who has brought in Damion Scott and Charles Ferrell as operating partners in the new restaurant, said the Lexington spot will have a select bar, focused on top-shelf brands and cocktails. He hopes to add lunch service in the spring and eventually add a full-service brunch.
For now, Graze will do catering and probably begin with brunch for Soundbar across the street, where the restaurant also will offer a menu of appetizers.
Next up: beer.
“This is going to be our last Graze, I think; then we really want to get into making beer,” de Villiers said. “That’s our next project.”
He hopes to put in a brewery at the Winchester restaurant and sell his craft beer through the restaurants.