Mama’s, the East Village soul-food institution, was taken over by its landlord and then replaced by Heart n’ Soul in March of last year, but that restaurant closed after just six weeks — setting what must be a record even in this unforgiving town. The modest space on East Third Street, near Avenue B, has sat vacant ever since, but now we’re told yet another Southern project will open there at the end of the month.
As we’ve noted before, Root & Bone comes from “Rising Star Chef” Jeffrey McInnis, of Miami’s Yardbird Southern Table and Bar, and his fellow Top Chef alum Janine Booth. They plan to do “modern Southern cuisine with a focus on ideally sourced ingredients,” according to a questionnaire submitted to Community Board 3 back in October. (The liquor bid must’ve been a success, because “refreshing cocktails” will be served at a private preview party later this month.)
We’ll drop more info closer to the June 30 opening date, including official word on whether scrapple will be on the menu.