Here's a look inside Proof & Pantry, the new venture from Misery Loves Co. (aka Driftwood partners Michael Martensen and Sal Jafar II) that will officially open its doors Wednesday night at One Arts Plaza. Working with a relatively small space, Martensen and crew wisely chose to build up, stacking rustic-looking shelves with colorful provisions like spices and fruit that just so happen to double as decor.
A soothing wood and navy color scheme will keep the focus on the food, a well-edited menu from exec chef Kyle McClelland that includes family-style dishes like a whole roast chicken and a bone-in ribeye, plus an oh-so-trendy ham tasting with various accoutrement and bone marrow served with unusual savory onion marshmallow. A marble-topped bar provides a cozy venue to sample the cocktail menu, divided into "no proof" (non-alcoholic), "low proof" (drinks based on fortified wines or liqueurs) and "high proof" (more typical cocktails). P&P's arrival will surely draw a fresh young crowd to One Arts, something that previous tenants like The Greek and Cafe Des Artistes were unable to do.