Mad City Frites will stay open late to catch the post-bar crowd.
Belgian-style frites, and pretty much only frites, will be coming to the former Shakti bookstore space at 320 State St. with the new Mad City Frites.
Proprietor Taylor Beebe was taken with the product as produced at Pomme Frites in New York City during a visit there three years ago, and thought the concept would be a great fit with Madison.
Fries will be "fresh, never frozen, cut to order," says Beebe. Accompanying the frites will be 10 or more aiolis and other dipping sauces, like barbecue sauce and good ol' ketchup. The menu will stray from frites only with poutine, fries with the famed Canadian curd-and-gravy topping.
Beebe has planned iPad kiosks so customers can place their own orders, but staff will be on hand for direct ordering as well. There'll be plenty of seating for eat-in dining -- about 36 seats, says Beebe.
Mad City Frites will open at 11 a.m. and stay open late Fridays and Saturdays to catch the post-bar crowd. The current timeline calls for renovation work to finish in November and for the shop to open soon thereafter.