- Published on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 02:28
- Written by Super User
Find your niche at this newly opened restaurant
Niche Kitchen & Bar is located at 5954 Carolina Beach Road Suite 170.
By: Allen Denning
In September, 2010, Earl Losey opened The Coastal Roaster, a coffee shop in the Beau Rivage Market Place. Chef Chris Newton, helped part time and develop a limited sandwich and soup menu because they did not have a kitchen at that time. Losey found that over the past two years people loved the menu for lunch and enjoyed the soup but they wanted dinner.
The coffee shop was a great place to enjoy a cup of coffee but there wasn’t really a volume to support the objectives Losey established when he opened it up. About a year ago Losey and Newton started to talk about different things to expand the coffee shop venue in this location. They were limited because of not having a kitchen. So if the expansion included a kitchen he might as well make it a restaurant and bar.
They continued to collaborate and put plans together with the location, the back deck and the Monkey Junction area in mind. The clientele he had knew what they were looking for, a non-franchise, little neighborhood operation which would make a great recipe for business. Losey wanted to produce a product for the people in this area, not downtown Wilmington, not the Mayfairs, but for the people in this area.
So on Dec. 31, 2012 Coastal Roaster closed, and the remodeling began on niche Kitchen and Bar.
They had a general contractor doing the heavy work, but Losey and Newton worked every day for four months and actually built the bar and the banquettes, did the trim work and painted to make their vision come true. They want people to feel like they are coming home. Losey wanted the atmosphere, the food, the bar and even the way the servers were going to dress, the music that is played, everything to mesh together.
The décor is eclectic, and there is no set cuisine. The chef prepares food that he feels the people will enjoy. They offer craft beer not only in bottle but on tap, domestic beer, wine and liquor, they buy what they feel people would like.
The food is made 100 percent from scratch and offers as much variety as possible and tries to have something for everyone. There are specials every day, fresh catches from local suppliers; they try to work with local businesses to obtain the quality of food they offer.
In addition to the inside of the restaurant they have a large outside deck that will sit 50 to 60 people. There are two fire pits for those chilly evenings. In the near future they will complete the awning to help protect you from the sun and will be looking for a third fire pit. They do rent out the back deck for events. So, let’s talk a little about the menu. The cheese section of the menu offers 10 cheeses, from warm brie to their house pimento. The tapas Americanos section gives the customer a taste of tapas with a little twist, what is offered is herbed humus, blue crab dip, smoked salmon, fried pickles, shrimp tapatio or grilled crab cake just to name a few.
Some other food choices are asparagus antipasti with choice salamis, fresh mozzarella, balsamic braised Bermuda onion, mixed greens and roasted red peppers; fried green tomato “Big Mac” this is stuffed with New Orleans shrimp salad; roast beef rolls are fresh roasted prime rib stuffed in French rolls with Havarti cheese and au jus; how about Portobello and buffalo mozzarella Panini with spinach, roasted red peppers and herbed hummus on ciabatta bread. And, people this is not all of them.
On the lunch menu you will find butter pecan crusted flounder with a smoked pepper cream sauce and spicy green tomato chow chow or tortilla crusted chicken with ranchero sauce, rice and Cuban beans; now onto a couple of dinner choices, jambalaya yaya with shrimp, chicken and Andouille sausage over rice, and how about fire grilled peach stuffed pork chop with green Chile risotto and crispy onions.
You will need to check out niche Kitchen and Bar for the rest of the menu.
In the future Losey is hoping for provide specialty nights, like a music venue; a wine night, but not the normal wine night, a night that you pair wines with cheese or tapas.
He feels that his restaurant is a compliment to the other restaurants and is just giving another choice for people to enjoy a relaxed, casual setting for fine dining.
The niche Kitchen and Bar is at 5954 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington. They are open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Dinner begins at 4 p.m. For details, call 910-399-4701; follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nichekitchenandbar.