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Jackson Hole, Wyo.-What’s on your calendar for June 15? Well, if you’re a Jackson resident, the answer should involve going to the opening night of Local Restaurant & Bar.

In just about two weeks, this modern American steakhouse will be opening its doors on the Town Square in the old Cadillac Bar and Grille space.
The latest venture of the talent behind popular bistro-style eatery Trio, Local will embrace the community on a level previously unparalleled in the valley.

The word “local” can conjure up all sorts of trendy buzzwords and gimmicks, but rest assured, executive chefs and co-owners Will Bradof and Paul Wireman are creating a concept of authenticity that’s far from the bandwagon restaurants making uninspired claims to drum up business. In fact, Bradof and Wireman have been “going local” at Trio long before their new restaurant was even conceived, so this foray is a natural fit for the duo.

“Local the name is as much about who we are as it is our approach to food,” Bradof said. “Our new restaurant is going to be locally run, for locals, and featuring as many local products as possible – not just food, but artists, beers, cutlery and even the construction companies and materials employed for the remodel.

This restaurant is really about supporting the overall local scene from front to back.”

The food itself will be as local as possible too. While Jackson’s harsh climate doesn’t provide the most ideal conditions for sourcing everything locally, Bradof and Wireman are currently on the hunt to find local cheeses, produce and especially meat for their kitchen. And while some produce may come and go with the seasons, the team at Local is committed to living up to their steakhouse status by emphasizing their meat selection. They will make their own charcuterie and sausages and are promising that a locally-sourced steak can be found on the menu any day of the year.

Local will be working with cattle operations all over the valley, and in particular, they will be partnering with the restaurant’s landlords who own the Lockhart Cattle Company. Bradof and Wireman will also be the only restaurant in town dry-aging their own steaks, and the plan is to eventually highlight their steaks on the menu by celebrating their source, cut, and aging.

Filling another local need, Local will also be serving lunch. With everything from a gourmet burger and creative pasta dishes to salad with seared fish and house-made hotdogs, the new dining spot will offer a place to have a nice sit-down yet casual lunch right on the Town Square.

While most anyone who has spent time in Jackson is familiar with the space from late nights at the Caddi, the remodel will have an entirely new contemporary western feel. With 80 seats in the bar and 80 in the dining room, Local will be able to accommodate busy nights, but they can also create an intimate setting for private parties in the front space that used to be Billy’s Burgers.

And for those wondering, Trio will continue business as usual. Some staff will shuffle around, particularly former sous chefs Nate Ray and Adam Lassiter who will now take on the chef de cuisine roles at Local and Trio, respectively, and Bradof and Wireman will float between the two as needed.

Local Restaurant & Bar will open Friday, June 15 and will be open from lunch daily. For more information visit www.localjh.com or call 307-201-1717.

By: Claire Rabun
Written on: Wednesday, May 30, 2012

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