[Photos: Timothy Hiatt]
Tomorrow, former Top Cheffer Beverly Kim and husband John Clark officially open their first restaurant, Parachute. And while you've already seen the working menu and read about the Korean-American concept, now you can look around the restaurant itself.
The cozy 40-seat space on the Avondale fringe is designed with a casual eclectic atmosphere in mind, somewhere diners "feel comfortable coming anytime," according to Kim. Backed by custom wood finishes and exposed brick, a vintage stereo, records, and other items on custom shelves add to the theme. Checkered backless stools line both a kitchen counter near the rear and a large communal table in the middle. Two-top tables fill out the rest of the seating options.
Clark and Kim first noticed the space back in September and Kim fortuitously caught the building owner outside while driving by one day. They successfully kept the under-construction restaurant a secret for six months until word finally broke in early March. They quietly held friends and family dinners last week.
"We're very protective," Kim said last month. "Even my (Kendall College) students were asking...I couldn't tell anyone, not even my best buddy."