On a blustery afternoon last week, a crowd stood outside in the burgeoning Kendall Yards neighborhood clutching cups of Doma coffee for the official ribbon-cutting of the new segment of the Centennial Trail. The Veraci Pizza trailer oven, a traveling favorite at local farmers markets, was fired up to offer wood-fired slices — and a tantalizing taste of what’s yet to come.
New signs posted in the ground along Summit Parkway show three restaurants planned for Kendall Yards, one of which is a permanent Veraci Pizza home.
Owner Seth Carey says it’s too soon to comment, and the lot right now is an untouched patch of dirt. But the sign posted last week shows a Veraci Pizza logo adorning a one-story brick-and-glass building next door to the existing Central Food, which opened late last year. On the other side is the new Inlander building, which became the paper’s headquarters in July.
Across the street and a little to the east, work crews and backhoes have been laying the groundwork for two other neighboring restaurants, both reportedly projects of Adam Hegsted, executive chef at Coeur d’Alene Casino. The Yards, described as a “contemporary-style diner,” serves an eclectic breakfast and lunch menu — yes, that means brunch seven days a week — with a planned opening early next spring. For the evenings, the Wanderting Table will feature an upscale American-style tapas menu and craft cocktails with an emphasis on Northwest flavors. The architectural rendering shows the two restaurants joined by an outdoor patio area, with an additional second-story patio at the Wandering Table overlooking the street.
An adjacent mixed-use building will house a half-dozen boutique retail shops and living spaces on the upper levels. Adam Jones of Greenstone Corp., the Kendall Yards developer, says the restaurants and mixed-use building are all scheduled to be open by early next summer.