There are signs of life in the Norfolk Street storefront that Tides vacated last July. The tiny, superlative, and woefully under-patronized seafood restaurant will be replaced by Global Grub, a restaurant serving what its chef calls “international bar food.”
Judy Seto, a former chef at Tides, is hoping to open Global Grub sometime in the next two weeks. The restaurant’s menu will be split into “four different genres” of Mexican, Asian, American, and Egyptian, Seto says. There will be, for example, “American” blue cheese mac and cheese, “Asian” soy-glazed ginger chicken wings, “Mexican” grilled skirt steak tacos, and “Egyptian” eggplant hummus.
Seto is more or less keeping Tides’ interior intact, although she’s spray-painted the restaurant’s gorgeous bamboo-skewer ceiling, which had been almost as much of a draw as Tides’ soft-shell crabs. “It’s very, very pretty,” Seto says. “I like it a lot better this way than it was previously. It’s no longer a dim romantic type of venue — now it’s a bright, cheery, happy fast food kind of place.”