After a soft opening last night at dinner, Heavy Restaurant Group's new restaurant Thackeray is officially unlocking its doors today at 11 a.m. The company also owns Purple, Barrio, and Meet the Moon, among others.
Eater visited the space inside the Brooks Running headquarters at 3400 Stone Way N in Wallingford. The eclectic interior is meant to reflect the spirit behind the concept, which borrows its name from 19th-century English novelist William Makepeace Thackeray, who popularized the term "bohemian" in his 1848 novel "Vanity Fair."
The seasonally-inspired fare from chef Jon Langley, previously executive chef of Purple Cafe in Kirkland, is perhaps even more free-spirited than the decor. There are mezze spreads, braised meatball subs, hamachi crudo, lemon-anchovy charred broccoli, Ethiopian-spiced fried chicken, ancient grain risotto, and a house burger. Lunch and dinner are served daily, with the addition of brunch on the weekends.
The drinks menu was developed by Heavy Restaurant Group's spirits director, Casey Robison, and wine director, Chris Horn, who had a hand in the company's recent wine and food book, Cook and Cork. Expect a Spanish-style gin and tonic menu as well as several aperitifs, amari, and sipping vermouth options. A rotating tap list will pour local beers, cocktails, and kombucha.
3400 Stone Way N., (206) 737-8743, website. Open Monday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.