PICNIC, an Anchorage cafe, is still serving food, but it’s baked goods and catering only.
Restaurateur Kevin Grangier, who also owns Le Moo and The Village Anchor, told Insider that he decided to turn the cafe into a bakery and focus on its growing catering business.
“It’s better for us as a company,” he said. “We found much more success with the catering.”
Because Anchorage isn’t a high-trafficked area, restaurants need to destination spots to do well.
People will still be able to stop in at PICNIC between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., but instead of salads and sandwiches, it will serve up pastries, cakes, pies and other baked goods. PICNIC will continue to offer catered boxed lunches for offices and business events from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, as well as catering for special events.
PICNIC also is serving as a commissary for breads and desserts for Grangier’s other restaurants as well, he said.
The restaurant opened a year and a half ago and expanded into catering this time last year. PICNIC, located at 11505 Park Road, is his third concept.
Grangier’s fourth, an Italian restaurant called Grassa Gramma, is still in the works. Grangier spent a good deal of time recently working on the concept, driving to 22 states in five weeks to pick up antiques and other items for Grassa Gramma.
There is no definite open time for the restaurant, but it is still likely four months or more away, Grangier said.
Shelby Notess, who is the pastry chef at PICNIC, will also serve as pastry chef for Grassa Gramma.
PICNIC isn’t the only restaurant changing with the new year. News and Tribune reported that Gospel Bird in New Albany is altering some of its interior design and retooling its menu.
Meanwhile, Doc Crow’s Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar on Main Street downtown announced via Facebook that it’d be closed Jan. 8 and 9 for some renovations; it will reopen for regular hours on Jan. 10.