There’s a new restaurant coming to downtown Asheville. It will be called Mr. Frog’s Soul and Creole, and will open at 42 S. Market St.
The eatery is a project of Vijay Shastri, most well known for his work with The Flying Frog restaurant formerly at the corner of Haywood Street and Battery Park Avenue. That restaurant closed in Jan. 2011.
The Mountain Xpress got a little detail recently about the project when the newspaper interviewed Shastri about work he was doing with the folks running the Hole-N-Da-Wall located above the former Simma Down restaurant space in the old Ritz building.
Former chef and owner of the Flying Frog, Vijay Shastri, was at the Ritz building when Xpress visited. Shastri says that he’s offering pro bono restaurant consultation at the Ritz Kitchen in his spare time (the Shastri family has its own rich history when it comes to the restaurant world). “I’m donating all of the recipes that I have to these guys,” says Shastri. “Gustavo’s been trained to the gills with all of this stuff, even the more casual stuff. He really loves comfort food and does that well.”
Shastri says that the soul-food menu at the Ritz will offer standards like buttermilk-fried chicken and comfort food with a bit of a creole edge to it, with menu items like étouffée, red beans and rice and jambalaya. Shastri says that he’s offering his favorite recipe for hushpuppies to the cause (a sweet potato and bacon variety) as well as a recipe for braised oxtails with sweet potato pudding. He adds that the restaurant staff will smoke its own meat and make biscuits and cornbread from scratch.
Here’s the other detail Shastri posted about the new restaurant (posted on his fb page):
42 S. Market St. (Downtown)…March 2012.
Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 8pm.
Sunday Brunch 10am – 3pm.