Wild Catch reopens tonight with a new chef and a new menu

Wild Catch reopens tonight with a new chef and a new menu
Lori Midson

Just got off the horn with Mandi Clement, who, along with her husband (and ex-Mizuna chef) Tony, are now consulting at Wild Catch, the former sustainable seafood restaurant that Daniel Kuhlman opened in August -- and subsequently shuttered -- several weeks ago when then-chef and co-owner Justin Brunson made the decision to exit.

The restaurant, which will continue with the same name, will reopen tonight at 5 p.m. with Tony commanding the kitchen and Mandi running the front of the house. "We're exhausted, but we're ready, so tonight's the night," says Mandi, who spent the last several days training the staff, while Tony designed a new menu.

"Tony's menu is French country and American classics -- simply put, it's comfort food with really high-quality ingredients," Mandi notes, adding, too, that the "portions are really generous." And there's a kids menu, as well. "We definitely want to keep it kid-friendly."

The board -- a collection of sandwiches, including a boar bratwurst and fried chicken sandwich; beef and elk burgers; soups; and entrees like pheasant and biscuits, cassoulet, pot roast and steak frites -- is less expensive than the dishes at Wild Catch, with prices between $16 and $28 for main plates and $8 to $10 for appetizers.

"We're very excited to get our feet wet, make really good food and give the neighborhood something new to try," Mandi says. "And we're really thankful for all of our friends who've helped us out so much while we were putting this together."

Wild Catch will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m.

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