Hen House Eatery opening in mid-late March

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February 24, 2014 // UPDATED 10:20 am - February 25, 2014
By: Ben Johnson
A look at the ongoing renovation in the future home of Hen House Eatery
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New breakfast cafe will take the place of Peter's Grill, which shut down last summer after 99 years

Three friends with decades of experience serving breakfast at Key’s Cafe will be opening up a place of their own next month in the former home of Peter’s Grill.

The new restaurant is called Hen House Eatery and it will specialize in breakfast, catering and delivery. Hen House will have a liquor license with four different kinds of local craft beer on tap, but it plans to keep it simple on the cocktail side.

“We’re not going to have a mixologist, nothing too fancy,” said Tara Koenig, who will own and operate the restaurant along with Barbara Gardiner and Maribel Cuadros-Perrault.

Hen House will open at 6:30 a.m. and close at eight or nine at night, although Koenig said they will remain open late for private events and catering aimed at the big corporations housed downtown.

“We have relations with a lot of the larger companies downtown, we’ve been serving them for the last 20 years, so it’s a comfortable space for us,” said Koenig.

The menu will also feature burgers, appetizers, salads and desserts, with an emphasis on locally-sourced ingredients. Breakfast is available all day.

The ground floor space of the US Trust Building at 730 2nd Ave. S. was occupied by Peter’s Grill for 99 years before shutting down last summer.

Hen House will have the capacity for 260 people, and an outdoor patio housing six tables along 8th St. is also planned.