The owners of jaxKitchen are opening a new restaurant on the southeast corner of Kolb Road and Sunrise Drive.
The Abbey Eat + Drink is expected to open in mid-October, said Brian Metzger, who runs jaxKitchen with his wife, Sandy. It will occupy the space formerly held by La Taverna di Gavi and Cold Stone Creamery.
“I think jax(Kitchen) will be a little more contemporary on the plate and a little more polished,” Metzger said. “The Abbey will be a little more casual, while still keeping our core values at hand.”
The Abbey will seat about 80, with an additional 12 seats at the bar. It will also feature a private dining room and a covered porch.
The menu has not been finalized, and the search is on for a chef to lead the new restaurant’s culinary team, said Metzger. Lucy Cioe, executive pastry chef at jaxKitchen, will craft desserts for both eateries.
Metzger said he is confident he can hold both eateries to the high standard he maintains at jaxKitchen.
“The beauty is that we know that everyone is going to say that the second restaurant will suffer,” said Metzger. “Everything we do will be built around making that false.”
Visit the Abbey’s website here.