People who walk down Montgomery Street in Syracuse can be excused if they think, "What, another one?" when they peer down a brick-lined alley near the Onondaga Historical Association.
That's because 317 Montgomery has been home to a lengthy succession of restaurants -- Checkers Cafe, The Brick Alley, Parisa ... .
Now, another venture expected to open early next month will bring back one of the owners of Parisa, which closed last month, and be called simply The 317.
Chef Chance Bear, ex-Parisa, is partnering with Dean Whittles -- owner of the bar DJ's On the Hill -- are having the interior renovated. Bear's fusion menu will have various Asian influences, unlike his Persian-influenced menu at Parisa. He and Peyman Pourpezeshk had been partners in Parisa, but Pourpezeshk is not involved in The 317.
Bear, a flamboyant figure on the Syracuse restaurant scene known for his offbeat techniques, promises to continue serving his liquid nitrogen-chilled milkshakes.
The 317 restaurant will be open seven day a week, offering weekday lunches and dinner Tuesday to Saturday, plus a Sunday brunch.