Creole-style Short North eatery Da Levee is expanding to a second location in the North Side-and for now, that's all they're telling us.
Creole-style Short North eatery Da Levee is expanding to a second location in the North Side-and for now, that's all they're telling us. Since last week, owner and chef Justin Boehme has been teasing photos of the 950-square-foot building on Facebook, but he's waiting to release the address until the permit process is complete (which may only be a matter of days). From there, he's aiming to gut and build out the space in less than 90 days for a July opening.
Da Levee is not adding a second restaurant so much as they're adding a second kitchen. Boehme says they're looking to expand their catering and carry-out businesses, and they've long outgrown their Short North kitchen. The menu will remain the same, but in lieu of a dining room there will be a 10-seat counter and a small patio out front. Everything will be served in recyclable containers, encouraging a grab-and-go atmosphere. The building also includes a full-sized parking lot.
Boehme is also eying an available adjacent building, in the event he wants to expand further. "That's looking far ahead, though," he says. "Right now, we're just ready to get into this kitchen and get cooking.