CAET, Chef Derek and Jennifer Emerson’s wine bar on Duling Avenue, is headed to Ridgeland.
Began nearly five years ago in Fondren, CAET will take over the space currently occupied by Seafood R’evolution at Renaissance at Colony Park (Seafood R’evolution will close March 31).
Derek says CAET’s last day of operation in Fondren will be at the end of April.
“We love the (Fondren) space, love the name and love the idea (of CAET),” he explains. “We believe in the concept and just need to grow it.”
CAET will expand from 2,000 square feet to 10,000, utilizing the oyster bar infrastructure already in place at Renaissance. They’ll offer 8-10 types of oysters and other seafood items, along with their small plates and wine menu. The restaurant also plans to offer lunch. Derek called it “a good marriage of two concepts.”
Many of the Fondren CAET staff, including the general manager, bar manager and executive chef Chris Trantham, will make the move.
After some interior freshening (Derek says Jennifer will add artwork and other finishes to make the Renaissance space more “homey,” more “CAET-ish”), CAET hopes for an opening sometime in May.
The Emersons also own Local 463 – which moved from Madison to Renaissance three years ago, and Walker’s Drive-In in Fondren. Two years ago, The Emersons, along with a group of partners, took over Parlor Market and last year, The Capital Club, both downtown.
“That’s going great,” Derek says of the downtown properties. “With (Broadway In Jackson) shows, there’s a good surge of people coming back. We always hear downtown is about to make the turn, but it really does feel like that’s the case right now.”