This Week's Dish: Niche Closing, Reopening As Sardella This Summer

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Gerard Craft is changing up his flagship restaurant Niche after 10 years of service by closing it with plans to reopen as a new concept called Sardella. The chef-owner of Niche Food Group said the plans came into play after already wanting to make renovations with recently bringing Nick Blue on as executive chef.

Photo courtesy of Niche Food Group

Photo courtesy of Niche Food Group

“We want to take what we’ve learned at Niche about local sourcing, preservation, and running a great restaurant,” Craft said. “For our long-time Niche guests, they may remember when we had pastas on the menu–dishes that reflected our creativity, but didn’t feel forced. You’ll see a resurgence of that at Sardella.”

Expect to see hand-stuffed pastas and an assortment of appetizers, entrees and more from the new concept. Niche will have its last dinner service on Saturday, June 11 and will take some time to develop a new interior design and menu for Sardella by the end of July. 7734 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton

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