foodie b’eat: WP Kitchen + Bar

Don’t you wish all restaurants that decided to change concepts could do so within 5 days time? That’s what happened with Wolfgang Puck’s Pizza Bar location in Friendly Center.

The pizza bar quietly closed earlier this week with the promise of an new concept right on its heels. And how! It’s open officially as the new WP Kitchen + Bar.

While there’s still pizza to enjoy and a pretty great bar too, the new WP Kitchen + Bar features a more rounded global menu featuring Free Range Chicken Wings with Chili Glaze, Steamed PEI Mussels in a garlic, wine and tomato sauce, spaghetti with meatballs, and true to their mission of sourcing locally, North Carolina trout with cilantro mint relish and fresh lemon. We love our local restaurants here. And this is one of the few “chain” restaurants that get a hat tip from us, mainly because WP restaurants act like a local place because they have a strong list of local producers and purveyors. Plus Greensboro native, Joe Essa, is President of Wolfgang Puck Worldwide and one of the main reasons WP Kitchen + Bar found a home in the Gate City. 

WP Kitchen &+ Bar is located at 607 Green Valley Road in Greensboro. Here’s the official press release. 

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Chef and Restaurateur Wolfgang Puck Opens Newest Concept WP Kitchen + Bar in Greensboro, North Carolina

 Greensboro, N.C., January 8, 2016 – Today chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck introduces his newest restaurant concept, WP Kitchen + Bar to the city of Greensboro. This is the second domestic location of the concept behind Palm Desert, C.A., and is situated in the former Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar location.

 “We are excited to introduce our newest restaurant concept WP Kitchen + Bar to the city of Greensboro,” said Wolfgang Puck. “We’ve kept several favorites on the menu and added a number of seasonal and healthy options, all of which can be shared with the entire table or enjoyed on their own.  I hope you enjoy!”

 THE MENU:

Drawing inspiration from how the acclaimed chef and restaurateur entertains at home with family and friends, WP Kitchen + Bar boasts Wolfgang’s globally-influenced cuisine in an approachable, family-style format. Wolfgang has appointed Robert Morrison as the Chef de Cuisine of the restaurant. Morrison began his tenure with the Wolfgang Puck family in 2014 when he joined the team at Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar in Charlotte, North Carolina, and has been with the family ever since.

 For lunch and dinner guests can enjoy a seasonal selection of soups, salads and share plates such as the Free Range Chicken Wings with a chili glaze; a Kale and Spinach Salad with goat cheese and a citrus vinaigrette, and Steamed Prince Edward Island Mussels with fresh garlic, white wine, spicy tomato and grilled sourdough. Larger entrees include a range of house-made pizzas, pastas and proteins. Some highlights include Wolfgang’s classic Margarita Pizza with San Marzano tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella and basil; Handmade Spaghetti with a tomato-basil-garlic sauce and fresh parmesan, and a grilled North Carolina Rainbow Trout with cilantro mint relish and grilled lemon. Larger proteins such as the Brick Chicken “Calabrese” with charred shishito peppers, cipollini onion and cherry tomato and the Grilled Flat Iron “steak frites” with garlic herb butter and house-made steak sauce, can all be enjoyed on their own or shared family-style with the table.

 Together, Wolfgang and Corporate Pastry Chef Kamel Guechida developed a dessert menu for Greensboro that illustrates their combined expertise in French technique, and love for a classic end to any meal. Highlights include the Salted Caramel Pudding with crème fraiche whipped cream and brown sugar; a Molten Chocolate Cake with chocolate ice cream, and a rotating selection of seasonal ice creams.

 Complementing the menu is an eclectic offering of wines by the glass and full bottle, local craft beers and handcrafted cocktails. Signature cocktails include the Gate City Sour with bourbon, maple syrup, sage and lemon and the Kashmir with gin, black peppercorn and grapefruit.  Those looking for a hydrating, non-alcoholic option can chose from a rotating selection of “mocktails” such as the Cherry Sunrise with cherry juice, pineapple and lemon or the Ginger-Lime Iced Tea with house made ginger syrup and lime.

 WP Kitchen + Bar is located at 607 Green Valley Road in Greensboro. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner from 11AM-9PM Sunday-Monday, 11AM – 10PM Tuesday – Thursday, 11AM – 11PM Friday & Saturday. For additional details please contact the restaurant at 336.854.0303, or visit www.wolfgangpuck.com.

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