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Published 12:42 pm Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Revolving menu offers New American, Southern food and drinks

Story By Angie Brown

Photos By Dawn Harrison

The 280 corridor is about to get a lot more interesting.

The co-owner of Bellinis Ristorante and Catering by Bellinis, Doug Hovanec, who owns those establishments along with his wife, Niki, is now opening a new restaurant at Lee Branch off Doug Baker Blvd.

Revolve Kitchen & Brew is due to open late April and set to be the place to go for New American food (with a touch of Southern taste) and craft beer in a fun atmosphere.

“The reason we are called Revolve is the menu is in season, what the chef has been able to or wants to create. We’ll move items in and out, so the revolving menu goes from both the food to the beer,” says Hovanec, who refers to the restaurant as a social beer garden.

Chef Sean Butler, from Catering by Bellinis, and Sous Chef Daniel Jeffreys, formerly of Saw’s Juke Joint, will helm the kitchen at Revolve.

Chef Sean Butler will man the kitchen with Sous Chef Daniel Jeffreys.

Chef Sean Butler will man the kitchen with Sous Chef Daniel Jeffreys.


And with such menu items as brats with house kraut, wings, chef-created sauces, shared plates like tacos and flatbread, local meats and cheeses, burgers, sandwiches, fish and chips, vegetable plates and beer chili, there is truly something for everyone.

Plates will be reasonably priced, Hovanec says, and the restaurant is set to have 24 beers on tap that will rotate in and out — as well as around 80 to 100 bottles of beer — a limited wine list and a full liquor bar.

Revolve Kitchen & Brew will boast seating options both inside — whether at a table, a social table seating around 16, or at the handmade concrete bar with front-facing copper overlooking the kitchen — as well as outside on the patio, where there is another social table as well as regular tables.

There will also be nine televisions throughout the establishment to entertain diners, and live music is planned for the future. With painted concrete floors, reclaimed wood walls and a white tiled kitchen, the ambience is sure to please, and Hovanec notes they partnered with local Earthborn Pottery to provide the dishes for the restaurant, as they did at Bellinis.

Hovanec, who also owns software business consulting firms in addition to his restaurant businesses, says the time with family (he and his wife have two sons, Dylon and Jaxon) is part of why he enjoys doing what he does. Earlier in his career, he spent a lot of time traveling for work.

“It got to a point where I knew it was time that I needed to get off the road, and a couple of years back, my son was diagnosed with ITP: It’s a blood disorder. It really hit home that I needed to be here,” Hovanec says.

He and his wife make a point to support the American Red Cross, as well as blood drives, and want to bring awareness to medical needs like his older son’s.

“We are big believers in giving back to the community,” Hovanec says.

As for his new restaurant, he hopes it will provide a nearby place for the community of the 280 corridor to go for high-quality food and craft beers.

“With Revolve, my whole plan is to be able to offer people on the 280 corridor multiple types of cuisines that follow the same principles that Bellinis was established off of, which is the highest possible quality, best price and top level customer service,” Hovanec says.

They also plan on providing a discount for those folks who work in the restaurant industry, he notes, through designated industry nights. As of now, Revolve Kitchen & Brew will be open Mondays through Saturdays serving lunch and dinner.

Their hours will be Monday and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight.

“It is a passion for sure,” Hovanec says. “I love food, I love beer, wine and being able to provide this service for people within the area. You get to meet a lot of interesting people and build relationships, which I think is important. I’ve got two boys, a 16- and 13-year-old, and now showing them these things, teaching them about business and relationships and how important these things are, it just all kind of rolls up into one… I could not do the things I do without the support of my wife and my kids.”

Follow Revolve Kitchen & Brew on Facebook and Twitter, and find more information at The restaurant will be located at 611 Doug Baker Blvd., Suite 103 in Hoover.