Al Bhakta of The Chalak Group, Inc. and Chef Vijay Sadhu (used to be the Execuchef at Stephan Pyles’ Samar) are the masterminds behind a new concept called the Pepper Smash – A Cocktail Kitchen. This comfortable yet contemporary restaurant is going to be right next to the Sambuca 360 at The Shops at Legacy. In two weeks (there’s no set opening date yet), guests will be able to enjoy a cocktail menu featuring drinks like the Tarragon Cucumber Vodka Greyhound (vodka, fresh tarragon, and cucumber) and signature Pepper Smash (sweet onion marinated in 100 proof vodka, fresh-squeezed lime juice with grilled red bell peppers, and muddled jalapeno with a chile salt rim. Served in an old-fashioned glass with oversized ice cubes). The cuisine is “modern, American food with slight twists” with an “emphasis on the made-from-scratch, chef-driven food and the made-from-scratch, fresh cocktails.”
Something about the interior design sounds very intriguing. Cedar planks, cultured stone, and rich fabrics are just some of the materials that will decorate the space. It all sounds contemporary and adult-like with the bar as the main focal point, but the owners are also trying to bring ‘the “kid out of everyone” with the use of cotton candy, popcorn, and snow cone machines!’ Curious. Very curious.