Photo by Caren West
Sunday at 8 p.m. Inman Park restaurant P’cheen quietly closed its doors and will reopen tomorrow. During this brief closure, Jeff Myers of Top Flr and the Sound Table is working with P’cheen owner and executive chef Alex Friedman to reinvent P’cheen’s menu, focusing on sharable plates inspired by Octopus Bar. Proof and Provision’s Nate Shuman is consulting on a revamped moonshine cocktail list.
“P’cheen is turning eight years old in November. It was time for a reboot,” Friedman says. “New restaurants are opening; we want to move forward along with them.”
Friedman explains the reason Myers jumped in is to “offer a fresh set of eyes,” but adds that he’ll stay on as acting manager for at least a few months.
P’cheen’s new menu, priced from $4 to $12, includes barbecue octopus with lemons, cured olive, and feta; pork belly nigiri with seaweed salad and wasabi; pan-fried frog legs with Granny Smith apples, calvados, and tarragon; and turtle soup with lemon and Madeira. Others options include a meatloaf burger with portabella and hoisin, and lamb belly ravioli. Smaller versions of old P’cheen staples like coconut curry mussels and sweet and spicy Thai wings will also be available.
“Food is more of a collaborative thing these days—people share,” Friedman says. “Now we have a much larger, more diverse menu with nine or 10 different animal proteins. It gives me a chance to play with my culinary skills.”
In addition to the menu changes, P’cheen is updating its look with a new bar top, new color scheme (slate gray, black, and copper, in addition to the existing orange) and a relocated lounge in the back of the restaurant.
“We’re redirecting the flow of the restaurant,” Myers says, mentioning that designing a restaurant on a shoestring budget is one of his favorite activities.
The kitchen will be open until midnight Tuesday through Thursday, 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 10 p.m. on Sundays. Every Wednesday P’cheen will offer an off-menu full-sized Springer Mountain Fried Chicken entree for $10. Existing P’cheen specials—like the Sidewalk Sunday event featuring $10 bottomless mimosas until 5 p.m., $3 shots, Bloody Marys and moonshine cocktails—will continue as normal.