Well, he finally made his move. Carter's in Uruguay right now, says Brian Raab at The Mission, but before he left, he signed a lease on Nine 05 (the pan-Asian restaurant formerly known as Fate).
According to chef Jay Bogsinske, who opened Zinc with Carter and used to work for LGO Hospitality, he and Carter have teamed up with two investors, Andy Pulsifer and Jeff Mehrens, to completely revamp Nine 05. They'll be keeping the name, but will turn it into more of a noodle joint, with a revised menu, and new art and furniture. Over the next six weeks, they'll be making gradual upgrades, and then will close for two weeks of hardcore remodeling, tentatively reopening in two months.
Bogsinske says they also signed a lease on the neighboring property (at the corner of 4th St. and Garfield), which they will turn into a gastropub. The remodel will happen at the same time as Nine 05's. It will have its own bar inside, serving European bar food and cheeses from Lara Hardwick's Fromage a Trois, while the big bar out on the front patio will remain a part of Nine 05. (Starting tonight, the outdoor bar will have live music and DJs every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 7 to 11 p.m. DJ Proper Villain is tonight's guest.)
Beyond those two projects, Carter and Bogsinske are developing a concept for a third eatery in the building right behind the future gastropub (the old building on Garfield that used to have house parties every First Friday before they boarded it up). For now, the cuisine is up in they air, but they're thinking of doing two floors of dining, with a bar/lounge on the rooftop.
"We really want to raise the bar downtown," Bogsinske says.