Coquette alum to open Turkey and the Wolf in 2016

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Mason Hereford, former chef de cuisine at Coquette, will open Turkey and the Wolf, an Irish Channel sandwich spot in 2016. - COURTESY TURKEY AND THE WOLF
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  • Mason Hereford, former chef de cuisine at Coquette, will open Turkey and the Wolf, an Irish Channel sandwich spot in 2016.

When local chef Rob Bechtold closed his Irish Channel barbecue shop NOLA Smokehouse (827 Jackson Ave.) last month, the restaurant didn’t stay unoccupied for long. Turkey and the Wolf, a new sandwich shop from chef Mason Hereford and his partner Lauren Holten, will open in the space in spring.

Hereford, who was the longtime chef de cuisine at Coquette, says the duo took over the lease on the building in early November, but plans for the restaurant are still in the “very preliminary” stages. Hereford described the concept as “casual, sandwich-driven; no frills but still creative.”

Diners can expect a sandwich-heavy menu with a few sides drawing on meats and produce from area farms such as Covey Rise, Chappapeela Farms and Two Run Farm. There might be a chicken-fried steak sandwich and a housemade headcheese sandwich, Hereford says, but the menu likely will change often.

"While I worked at Coquette, we made some really strong relationships with the local purveyors,” Hereford says. “We want to keep working with those people. I’m not saying I’m going for the 100 percent local vibe, but I want people to get excited about the food that comes from around here."

For now, the restaurant is envisioned as a lunch and daytime eatery, but might extend into early dinner hours.

Hereford left Coquette in February to travel, doing stage internships at Bar Tartine in San Francisco, Chicago’s Publican Quality Meats, Butcher & Bee in Charleston, South Carolina and Portland, Oregon’s Lardo, among others.

“That trip helped me kind of fill in some of the blanks as to what I want to do in the kitchen,” Hereford says.

Holton, who hails from Chattanooga, Tennessee, will oversee front of the house operations. The pair hope to open by March or April 2016.

For more information and updates visit www.turkeyandthewolf.com


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