It’s not even open yet, but The Morris is already shaping up to be an industry darling. Luckily for the rest of us, sommelier/owner Paul Einbund and team have fixed the plumbing issues that were keeping them from opening the doors of the much-hyped Slow Club replacement on Mariposa Street. That means the hoi polloi will finally be able to instagram chef Gavin Schmidt’s local, seasonal, whole-animal menu for themselves starting on Monday, October 17th — barring any last minute debacles, of course.
To refresh your memory: Schmidt (Coi, Campton Place) and Einbund (Frances, Octavia) envisioned The Morris as “the ideal neighborhood restaurant… with a food and beverage program that’s both playful and sophisticated.” Menu items like crispy pork trotters with Asian Pear, Buckwheat donuts with creme anglaise, and the whole smoked Muscovy duck have already been a hit at the friends-and-family preview dinners, and the wine list promises to draw on Einbund’s extensive experience with California growers. For the harder stuff, the man in charge is also bringing a wide selection of Chartreuse (featured in the Chartreuse Slushie) as well as “balanced” classics like a Gin Daisy and the rye-based Improved Whiskey Cocktail. (Check the full menu embedded below.)
The space was designed by architect Charles Hemminger and designer Scott Kester and features local designers, woodworkers and artists throughout — including three video installations made from footage Einbund shot himself. (On his iPhone, naturally.)
When it opens come Monday, The Morris will be doing dinner service from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with extended hours expect to come later down the line.