Although Plan Check owner Terry Heller originally projected a Nov/Dec opening for his American restaurant and bar, that launch has been slightly delayed to January. He expects to finish construction around the holidays, then go through final City approvals, and train staff. Over the last few months, previous Umami corporate chef Ernesto Uchimura has been working out his classic American small plate menu, check out The Facebook for a few food shots. Uchimura explains that eats will range from burgers to steak to Southern fried chicken, and maybe made-to-order doughnuts. As a whole the menu is built for sharing, and all plates cost under $20 with many in the $10-$12 range.
And to pair up with Uchimura's menu, Heller has hired bar masters Pablo Moix and Steve Livigni (Harvard & Stone, La Descarga, Black Market) to handle intoxicants. That most definitely means Kold-Draft ice, fresh citrus, and overall "delicious cocktails," as simply put by Livigni. Although Plan Check will stock a full bar, the slant here is toward whiskey, especially Japanese whiskey, also as an homage to the nabe. Little Osaka.
Plan Check will operate Sunday-Thursday from 11AM to midnight and 11AM to 2AM on Friday and Saturday nights. Daytime and nighttime cocktail menus will differ, however both lists are crafted with food in mind. So, cocktails ($9-$10) that stand up to food. That plus eight craft beers on tap, and maybe one cocktail on tap. Maybe. Three red wines by the glass, three whites by the glass and one sparking to start.