Courtesy of Tomas Espinoza
Cypress Street Pint & Plate and Grain restaurateur Billy Streck is branching out with his wife Jenn and opening a “community bar and restaurant” called Hampton & Hudson this fall. Located in Inman Park’s 280 Elizabeth Street development—alongside MF Sushi and Ford Fry’s Optimist spinoff—Hampton & Hudson will serve healthier pub food alongside a “well-rounded” bar menu.
Streck describes the food as very seasonal, tavern-style, and locally sourced. “It’s different than what you think of as pub food,” he says. Appetizers may include pimento cheese fritters with Benton’s ham, pickled green tomato, and truffle honey, and smoked sticky wings with mayhaw chili glaze and celery root blue cheese slaw. Mains may include wood-grilled Gum Creek pork with Sea Island red pea hopping john and South Carolina mustard glaze.
The bar will feature local brews on draft, an “approachable” wine selection, and classic cocktails. Streck has both a mixologist and chef in mind for the respective roles but cannot reveal them due to their current obligations.
The Hampton & Hudson space will be 3,500 square feet with an intimate patio. The decor will be inspired by the Strecks’ travels, particularly their time in Manhattan’s East Village.
“We want it to feel like an extension of your home—someplace you’d bring your parents or best friend you haven’t seen in a while and have the occasional business meeting,” Streck says.
The name Hampton & Hudson is an ode to the place he learned to swim, Hampton Manor, and the area by the Hudson River where he grew up. It’s also a throwback to his 2012 pop-up restaurant in Atlantic Station, Hudson North. He says diners may recognize a few touches—and perhaps a menu item dedicated to now-deceased Hudson North chef Bart Hibbs.