Olunloyo Eyes Early Fall For Speck’s Opening

Shola Olunloyo
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Shola Olunloyo, the tremendously talented chef behind the now legendary StudioKitchen dinners, is getting closer to debuting his eagerly anticipated first restaurant, Speck. Early fall is the projected opening, according to a prepared statement. When first announced, the restaurant, the latest addition to the Piazza, was aiming for Memorial Day. Speck’s decor will be understated, with a neutral color palette and natural wood tones. A centrally located open kitchen will serve as the restaurant’s main focal point, and a 15 foot glass facade with retractable doors will open out to the Piazza. Click through for more details.

In what Olunloyo is dubiously calling “new American” cuisine, Specks’ menu will feature a selection of small plates meant for sharing that draw on a diverse spectrum of influences and techniques. Some of the menu’s highlights include Razor Clams with yuzu, garlic and olive oil, Rabbit Escabeche with cauliflower, prunes and Earl Grey tea, Tomato-Almond Gazpacho with crab remoulade and tomato sorbet, Speck Wrapped Fingerling Potatoes with smoked paprika aioli, Speck Toast with poached egg and gruyere, Medium Rare Steak Tartare with olive oil and caper, Watermelon Greek Salad, and Skate with Brown Butter Miso and sunchoke. Prices will range from $4 to $24. As reported earlier, Olunloyo will serve a nine-course tasting menu at Speck’s eight-seat kitchen counter. Reservations will be accepted up to a year in advance.

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Olunloyo Eyes Early Fall For Speck’s Opening