ELM Restaurant Group's empire continues to grow.
The parent company of 24 Diner, Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden and Arro has announced it will open a downtown Italian eatery next year. Italic, as the concept is dubbed, will be located at 123 W. Sixth St. inside the historic Starr Building.
The menu, created by Chef Andrew Curren is described as "simple and straightforward," in part driven by the restaurant's "top-of-the-line" pizza oven. Classic and rustic pizzas, and entrées including a half chicken and Florence-style T-bone steak will come from the oven. The menu will also feature antipasti selections (cured meats, Italian cheeses, olives and house-marinated produce) and seasonally rotating pastas.
Beverage Director Craig Collins will create a 100 percent Italian wine list; Italian-inspired cocktails, classic Italian apéritifs and digestifs and renowned craft beers will round out the beverage program.
Designer Veronica Koltuniack will mirror Italic's simple menu and stay true to the building's history with her subtle design. Elements include a steel-and-glass wine mezzanine, homasote and Douglas fir wood paneling, custom concrete walls, repurposed industrial utility lights and 1950s Italian desks and credenzas.
Italic is slated to open in early 2015.