It’s been three years since Nolen Kitchen closed and left a vacant space on Selwyn Avenue. Construction is underway for the building’s next act: The Jimmy, a restaurant by Noble Food & Pursuits restauranteur Jim Noble, opening late 2020.
Noble — who owns King’s Kitchen, Noble Smoke, and Rooster’s — is working with The Durban Group (Suffolk Punch) on the restaurant.
The Jimmy is named after what friends and family call owner Jim Noble. The restaurant will be open all day. The trattorias and bistros of the Mediterranean coastline in Italy and France are inspirations for The Jimmy’s menu, according to Noble Food & Pursuits.
“After all we’ve been through with the pandemic, (The Jimmy) is a place to enjoy life again,” Noble says.
Food: Jason Neve, the executive chef at Rooster’s, will oversee culinary operations at the new Myers Park restaurant, too. Neve previously was the culinary director of four of Mario Batali’s restaurants in Las Vegas.
Offerings will include coffee and pastries by Copain in the morning and light Mediterranean-inspired dishes at lunch. For dinner, expect dishes such as Neapolitan-style pizzas and handmade pastas.
“It’s simple, not complicated,” Noble says of the menu, which is still in development.
Space: The 3,600-square-foot restaurant will seat approximately 90 inside and 50 outside, depending on capacity limits at the time of opening.
Background: Located at the corner of Selwyn and Colony, Nolen Kitchen was known for its zucchini chips and ample outdoor seating. It closed in November 2017 without giving many details about why.
Other tenants in the Selwyn Avenue shopping center include Reid’s Fine Foods, Shain Gallery, Monkee’s, and KK Bloom Boutique. Selwyn Pub is just nextdoor.
Related Agenda guide: Most anticipated new restaurant, bar, and brewery grand openings of 2020. Rendering at top courtesy of The Jimmy.