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New collaborative kitchen opening in downtown New Albany

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MESA: A Collaborative Kitchen on Pearl Street in downtown New Albany. MESA: A Collaborative Kitchen on Pearl Street in downtown New Albany.
Guests will be seated around a table watching chefs cook in a residential style kitchen. Guests will be seated around a table watching chefs cook in a residential style kitchen.

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- A new collaborative kitchen is opening in New Albany. 

MESA is a new concept on Pearl Street that seats guests across from the chef. The restaurant opens Thursday and will feature local established chefs serving different meals. 

"Southern Indiana, specifically New Albany, is becoming a nice little mecca for food and playing well with what's going on in Louisville,” Bobby Bass said. 

MESA means "table" in Spanish, and co-owners Bobby and Ysha Bass said the table is the centerpiece of the space. The chefs will come in and prepare a three-or four-course meal right in front of no more than 23 guests. 

"You get face-to-face interaction, you get a cooking lesson, you get the stories from the chef,” Bobby Bass said. 

The chefs are cooking in a high-end residential style kitchen. 

"Which means that nothing is residential except for our hood,” Ysha Bass said. 

Half of the space is filled with high-end cooking supplies, so guests can keep the cooking going at home. The boutique area will be open for business Tuesday through Saturday, except during the evening dinners.  The owners wanted to keep the space reserved for the people who paid to be there during that time.  

"As people get excited about cooking, they can come over and just shop a lot of the stuff that we do use over in our kitchen,” Ysha Bass said. 

Seats at MESA are filling up fast. Ticket reservations range from $40 to $100 per person, depending on the chef and the night of the week. 

"We have been talking to some celebrity chefs as well that maybe have some connections in Louisville that may be coming down to perform too,” Bobby Bass said. 

To buy a ticket or learn more about MESA, click here.

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