Restaurant builds can be chaotic affairs, with designs, menus and concepts changing as the project progresses.
Back in April, Gordon decided to let Going Out Guide readers pitch names for the new establishment; Gordon settled on Woody Creek. “It really encapsulates the kind of atmosphere we want to have at the restaurant — neighborhoody, friendly, relaxed,” he said at the time.
So why the change? Blame it on Gordon’s primary designer, Andrew Christenberry (son of prominent local artist William Christenberry) who happened upon 10 mid-20th century drafting tables while scouting decor for the space. The striking surfaces led to a complete design overhaul, replacing the planned odes to West Coast literary culture with a sleek design based on Christenberry’s custom-made bar and furniture.
The rest of the concept remains intact: a global selection of beers you’ll recognize from your post-college backpacking trip, a straightforward list of classic cocktails and a menu of comfort food classics. There will be seating for 80 to 90 inside, with another 15 seats on the patio. The chef, Ciji Wagner, is an in-house hire: she is the head pastry chef for Gordon’s cupcakery. Drafting Table will open with dinner and brunch service in mid-September, and Gordon hopes to add weekday breakfast by the new year.
Another holdover from the original concept: soccer. Gordon plans to gear his Saturday and Sunday brunches toward English Premier League fans gathering for morning matches.
As for the winners of the Drafting Table naming contest, Gordon promises the winners will still be honored with menu items bearing their suggestions, along with other prizes.