Tristan (Consilient Restaurants) Simon and Julian (Nonna) Barsotti have formed a partnership and will open SimonBarsotti, a “modern interpretation of an Italian deli.” SimonBarsotti will focus will be on artisan sandwiches (hot and cold) made panini-style or in a wood fire oven. They will be open for breakfast, lunch, and “drive home” which translates into 7:00 AM to 7:00PM daily. The 5,300 square foot restaurant, with a seating capacity of 120, will be located in the old Potter metal works building on Willis and the service road to N. Central.
The talents of Barsotti, execuchef at Nonna, will be showcased thusly: six to seven types of bread baked daily, fresh pastas, house-cured meats, and house-made cheeses. SimonBarsotti will also sell affordable “Italian and Mediterranean wines” and have a small take out component. Each day they will offer eight to ten items that will that “change in a seasonably minded manner” to pick up on your drive home.
Currently the restaurant is in “design phase” and Barsotti and Simon hope to have the restaurant ready in October. “But we aren’t going to open until January,” says Simon. “Jules wants a couple of months to get in there and work with curing meat and making cheese and bread.”