Back in February, we learned that the former Tides space at 102 Norfolk Street was mutating into Global Grub, a restaurant headed by a former Tides chef. We were a bit leery of the project, in part because of its dubious-sounding Asian-Egyptian-Mexican-American menu, and in part because the new owners decided to spray-paint Tides’ gorgeous bamboo skewer ceiling.
So we weren’t entirely surprised to learn that the place didn’t last. But because we didn’t attend September’s CB3 meeting, we were surprised to discover that the space will be resurrected as a Balkan bistro.
According to chef-owner Eran Elhalal’s blog, he’s planning to open a restaurant that will combine “my love for Balkan cuisine and the fascinating history, traditions and customs of the Balkans.” Elhalal, who describes himself as a “chef, entrepreneur and culinary consultant,” is a CIA grad who has spent 10 years cooking in kitchens in New York and Israel.
Elhalal’s inspiration draws from his “beloved Yugoslavian grandmother’s kitchen,” so one assumes the menu will owe a debt to Eastern European and Balkan home cooking. Which means we can dream of things like bureks, dolma, and paprikas hitting Norfolk Street sometime this fall, if the predictions on Elhalal’s blog are accurate.