The new restaurant also will offer seasonal dishes, including, Walusis said, “a cold Lithuanian Red Beet soup for the summer which uses my great-grandmother’s recipe that she brought from Lithuania over 100 years ago.”
Upton, a majority partner, has studied sausage-making. “Once we find a permanent home, he will be doing a custom grind for us using locally raised meat,” Walusis said.
"We are in this for the long haul, and we are passionate about our concept, which is creating a place for chili in the local culinary lexicon that it deserves as a truly 'American' food, right up there with barbecue or bourbon," Walusis said.
The South Second Street space currently houses Nibbles, a full-service restaurant that is not open on Mondays. Nibbles is scheduled to move to larger quarters and rebrand as Watermark in June or July, and Clashmore Mike's is negotiating to lease the space after Nibbles leaves.
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“Whether or not we pull the trigger depends on if we can negotiate favorable lease terms that make business sense for us,” Walusis said. “If this space does not work out we are exploring a multitude of options.”
The space seats 36.
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