Pajé Supper Club opened at the end of last week in the former Soche space, 2213 N. Martin Luther King Dr.
The restaurant, owned by Temacca McMurtry and De Von Dent, will offer a Southern-style menu featuring grilled bourbon maple salmon served on wild mushroom risotto, mac-n-cheese topped with lobster, grilled pork chops, deep fried rib tips, a New Orleans'-style oyster or shrimp po' boy sandwich and more.
"Our food has a Southern flair. It's not soul food, rather more like New Orleans-style cuisine," says Dent.
McMurtry, who is the former manager of Soche, named the restaurant after the village in Africa where her family came from. She owned a restaurant of the same name years ago in Chicago.
Soche closed in 2010 after a four-year run. Dent and McMurtry leased the space in January, and although much of the decor is the same – the Soche owners sank a sizable amount of money into the space six years ago – after experiencing flooding at one point the carpeting and flooring needed replacing.
Currently, the Soche sign is still in front of the building, but Dent says they will soon have a new sign reflecting the name of the business. Pajé has two floors of dining and a patio.
"I see it as an urban Elsa's," says Dent. "It's a social spot with good music, good food and good conversation."
Pajé is open for lunch and dinner, Monday-Friday. Breakfast, including red velvet waffles with Southern-fried wings, is available on Saturdays and Sundays. Pajé is open well into the evening every night of the week.
Yeah, I was wondering about the "urban" comment too. Elsa's always has a very diverse crowd, that's one of the things that makes it so great.
Well when you guys unscramble this code let me know!
I also wonder if the 'urban' is code language. It's interesting because whenever I've been into Elsa's, its always been genuinely diverse.
Well, everyone knows you don't have to be white to be racist. I'm going to hold my judgement on this restaurant, it sounds good & I won't let a questionable word choice scare me away.
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