Virginia Senior Makes Poached Eggs Over Swiss Chard
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Lauren Saria Cooking in Virgina Senior's under-renovation home
Today: Virginia Senior of Urban Beans
It's been a month since Virginia Senior moved in, but her new place is far from looking like home. We enter through the back patio doors and find ourselves stepping into a kitchen that looks like a scene from an HGTV show - no cabinets, torn open ceiling and a starling lack of any kitchen appliances. Of course, she did warn us the place wasn't ready when we asked to meet at her home rather than at her coffee house and restaurant, Urban Beans.
Lauren Saria Cooking inside the non-existent kitchen of Senior's home
Senior, originally an architect by trade, walks us through her extensive plans for the space, which include what amounts to a complete revamp of the downstairs that will turn the focus to the kitchen/dining/living space. She paints for us a mental image of a large, open kitchen with two custom-made farm tables that will serve as space for food prep as well as for eating. It sounds simply lovely.
"It wouldn't take long," Senior says of the renovations. "If I had time to concentrate on it."
The conversation turns next to the focus of most of her energies at the moment: plans to create an Urban Beans alter ego, which she's named Tertio Wine Bar.
Wine? Ok, we're listening.
Senior explains her plans to amp up the patio and the nightlife offerings at the 7th street location with table service, increased wine offerings and a new menu of small plates.
"It's kind of a big secret I tell everyone about," she says with a laugh.
Lauren Saria Virgina Senior, owner of Urban Beans