For a couple of days, all we knew was a name: South Kitchen + Bar. That was who had taken over the Capital Room in the Georgian on Washington Street downtown. Now it seems fairly clear that the folks behind Trappeze are the ones responsible, and Chris Benson, who's been capably running the kitchen at Trappeze, is doing the same at the new place as of yesterday (Saturday).
South has a website up with some details on the menu (shmancy deviled eggs, chicken rillettes, fried pickled okra, large plates broken down by main ingredient and including lamb chops in a rosemary sambal marinade with mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts and a sherry vinegar gastrique) and the drinks (a cute take on an Arnold Palmer with vodka; something called the Road to Recovery made with Rogue Pink Spruce gin, lime, Angostura bitters and Fever Tree Tonic; a small but smart selection of draft beers and wines by the glass).
South is doing dinner six nights a week (closed Sunday) from 5 p.m., with the bar opening an hour prior. It seems like a concept and a team that can do something interesting in what has always been a gorgeous and sophisticated space.