The eagerly awaited Seven Lamps opens today at 4 p.m. Chef and co-owner Drew van Leuvan named the restaurant after art critic John Ruskin's principles of architecture: sacrifice, truth, power, beauty, life, memory, and obedience. The chef believes that the principles are also applicable in the kitchen. Menu items range from oysters on the half shell to sandwiches to handmade pastas and entrees like smoked chicken breast with black gnocchi and trumpet mushrooms. Bar manager Arianne Fielder, who left her position at Southern Art's Bourbon Bar, has created drinks like a take on the bloody Mary using kimchi and Crunch Punch, which includes peanut butter Cap'n Crunch-infused Redemption Rye whiskey. She's also got agua frescas and sodas made and carbonated in-house.
Starting tomorrow, the restaurant will open at 11 a.m. for lunch and serve a late-night menu until 2 a.m. Look for takeout breakfast pastries and Sunday brunch soon. Major plus: the restaurant offers free self parking in an adjacent lot.