12South lands another Pontes restaurant

Josephine to anchor corner space in rising apartment building

Veteran 12South restaurateur Miranda Whitcomb Pontes announced today plans to unveil Josephine in 12 South Flats once the under-construction building opens later this year.

Pontes (pictured) is known for two other concepts in the mixed-use district: Frothy Monkey and Burger Up. 12 South Flats, an apartment/retail building (see image below) being developed by H.G. Hill Realty and Southeast Venture, is slated to open in August.

Pontes will lease about 3,160 square feet of the space (the building will feature about 10,000 square feet of retail space and be located in the 2300 block of 12th Avenue South) in the south end cap of the building, the corner that is closest to the 12 South Taproom & Grill.

Terms of the lease are not being disclosed.

“[Josephine] was born out of my love for this community and the new space coming in,” Pontes said in a release.

The restaurant will highlight “old school cooking techniques, emphasize proteins and utilize relationships” that Pontes has developed with her current vendors at Burger Up.

“It isn’t fussy, and it isn’t based on another restaurant in another town,” Pontes said.

Phillip Shyatt, recently nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award, will oversee the Josephine kitchen. His brother Geoff Shyatt has been tapped as general manager for the new space. Robin Riddell Jones will design the wine list.

When asked about the eatery’s moniker, Pontes said, “If my son Landon had been a girl, that would have been his name, Josephine.”

Nick Dryden, the DA|AD architect who designed both Burger Up locations, will serve as architect on the project. The décor will be neutral and warm, utilizing orange and beige colors, a tiled floor, booth and banquette seating.

The restaurant will be open six days a week for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. It will seat roughly 130 and have a small outdoor patio and a private dining room for groups.

“We are excited to be bringing this locally owned and operated restaurant to the 12 South neighborhood,” said Greg Coleman, broker for Southeast Venture. “Miranda’s new concept will serve as a great new amenity to the residents of the development and the neighborhood. I’m sure it will complement the existing retailers in the area and the new ones we hope to attract to the neighborhood.”