Named after two high school sweethearts who worked in the owner's first restaurant, Millie's Diner, Watty & Meg opens tomorrow in the old Cafe Carciofo space on Court and Kane in Cobble Hill. Though the name may be Scottish, the food is Southern/American, coming from native Virginian Sosie Hublitz. Expect shrimp and grits, crispy-skinned salmon with quinoa and kale, and all manner of organic, grass-fed, hormone free, and Michael Pollan-friendly meats.
As for the 60 seat space, its design was inspired by Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. They kept the tile floor and pressed tin ceilings of the former tenant but spruced the place up with salvaged church pews, reclaimed tiles from City Hall, dark leather banquettes, a chandelier, and a long wooden bar. The team from Hecho—the design firm that was responsible for Boqueria, the Box, Delicatessen, and Bobo—came on as partners in the restaurant group with Hublitz.