Tinker Street to fire up the kitchen in coming weeks / more business news

One of the city’s most celebrated restaurants – Tinker Street – will open its doors to customers before the end of April, owner Tom Main has confirmed. Yet to be determined are operating hours and how many customers Tinker Street can seat as the pandemic continues, Main said.

After the year-long shutdown, Tinker Street will remain under the guidance of executive chef Tyler Shortt and sommelier Ashlee Nemeth. Main confirmed that Tinker Street will reopen with its same concept –  a changing menu designed from locally sourced ingredients.

“I’m excited for the group to get back together,” Main told reporters. “Besides two weeks of carryout in June, Tinker Street hasn’t even been open in over a year.”

Located at 402 E. 16th St. in Herron-Morton Place and just across the street from The Old Northside, Tinker Street built up a loyal following prior to the advent of COVID-19. That fan base, Main indicated, is key to this decision, made after he had floated the idea of selling the restaurant.

“There are a lot of people who really love it,” Main said. “We’re lucky.”

He confirmed that he had inquires about a sale, but one of the most serious inquiries involved a non-restaurant use for the building. Main said he discounted that idea because he believes a restaurant is the best for the neighborhoods.

PHOTO ABOVE: Tinker Street will reopen, probably in April, owner Tom Main has announced.

In other business news:

Aroma Indian Cuisine has opened at 501 Virginia Ave. in Fletcher Place. The eatery specializes in Northern Indian food, according to its Facebook post. The opening was not reported in the April edition of Urban Times after the restaurant failed to respond to multiple inquiries.

– The bed-and-breakfast STONE SOUP INN has reopened in The Old Northside. Owner Jeneane Life reported that the inn has also been renovated during the pandemic-induced shutdown.