A few weeks ago, chef Lyle Bento and and Charles Bishop of Southern Goods made the surprising announcement that they had added well-regarded barbecue specialist Patrick Feges to their team. (Feges was previously at Killen's Barbecue.)
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Today comes another piece of good news for the forthcoming restaurant. Chef JD Woodward, formerly the executive chef of Goro & Gun, has been named chef de cuisine. Ever since Goro & Gun closed last year, Woodward's food, like his roasted, fish-sauce-laden "Hustle Sprouts" and Peking-style roasted duck with moo shu (Mandarin-style pancakes), has been sorely missed. We'd expect to see Southern food from him this time around, of course, but Brussels sprouts can be Southern, right?
Woodward and Bento have a whole lot of history. They've worked together at several establishments, including Underbelly, Rainbow Lodge and the defunct Stella Sola. While there's no telling if we'll see any Goro & Gun homages, what we will see are Woodward's own brand of adventurous pickles from Guerrilla Canning Company. He pickles cucumbers, radishes and quail eggs, among other things.
In a press release, Bento says, "I can't wait for the crew to get together again to do what we love and create new dishes with a Southern comfort twist." We're excited by this dream team, too.
Southern Goods is expected to open in the beginning of May at 623 West 19th in The Heights.