UPTOWN — Kal'ish wil open Friday at 11 a.m. on Wilson Avenue in Uptown, according to owner Andy Kalish.
The short order vegan spot will open in the former space of Forget Me Knodt, at 1313 W. Wilson Ave., next door to Baker and Nosh. The flower shop closed in April 2015 and has remained vacant since.
The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. on weekdays, but will be closed on Tuesdays, Kalish said.
From 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Saturdays, the spot will serve its full menu and brunch offerings as well as from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sundays.
Kal'ish makes all of its "meat-like proteins" from scratch and bills its menu as a "100 percent animal free indulgence."
Menu offerings include burgers ($9), "K plates" ($12), sandwiches ($10), tofu crisps ($8) or "clucker crisps," kids meals ($8), salads ($10), sides ($5) and soup/chili ($8).
The brunch menu includes egg and potato scrambles, fried chicken and waffles plates, Brooklyn bagel and lox plates, sausage gravy and biscuits plates, steak and egg burrito plates, waffles, pancake stacks, French toast and sweet potato pancakes.
All are vegan substitutes for the real deal, of course.
The restaurant will be run by husband and wife team Kalish and Gina Marino-Kalish, who got their start in vegetarian and vegan cuisine running a small catering company called Earth Market, at 1224 W. Wilson Ave. in the late 90s and early 2000s.
"The name says it all," said Kalish, adding the restaurant plans to eventually expand into the adjacent Baker and Nosh space after the bakery completes its planned relocation next door to Pokiology.
Kal'ish will eventually use the Baker and Nosh space as a full-service dining area with a grab-and-go space in the middle, he said.
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