Lexington, KY – Krim Boughalem and Andrea Sims were planning National Provisions even before they opened Wine + Market back in early 2008. When they sold the Jefferson Street shop a little more than two years ago, it was to concentrate on their popular wine bar and restaurant, Table Three Ten, and to get Provisions off the ground.
“Two years was our goal to open everything,” Boughalem said Monday evening after the opening day of National Provision’s first phase, National Boulangerie, a bakery and high-end coffee café with walls clad in white marble and pink marble adorning the counters and tabletops.
Boughalem said his initial goal was to get the market offering fish, charcuterie and other meats, and cheeses up and running first, but when plans changed calling for a bakery that would supply their current restaurant and planned ventures, the schedule got pushed back.
The back of the building on the corner of National and Walton avenues contains a massive kitchen with the ability to cure meats, bake large quantities of breads and pastries, rotisserie chickens and service a large menu. “That took longer because it was more advanced,” he said.
Everything that will be served in what will be the National Brasserie, phase three of Boughalem and Sims’ plan for the building, will be made in-house, using as much local supply as possible.
It will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, according to Sims. “Fancy lunch, casual dinner, basically same menu throughout the day.”