LIVE TO EAT: Peering through the windows at 216 Street and surveying the progress at Mesa: A Collaborative Kitchen.


Strolling down Pearl Street on Saturday morning, we passed the work-in-progress at Mesa: A Collaborative Kitchen.

Passers-by can see inside, and the view looks like this. Obviously, the debut is coming soon.

WAVE’S Katie Bauer recently offered a Mesa preview.

Live cooking show coming soon to New Albany

Customers will get the chance to watch and interact as rotating chefs prepare a meal right in front them at the newest concept coming soon to downtown New Albany. It’s described as a live cooking show, Mesa, the collaborative kitchen, will host live cooking shows as part of its interactive cooking and eating experience.

This new concept expects to draw visitors on both sides of the river. The owners of Mesa describe it as the perfect place to bridge the gap between kitchen and table.

At 216 Pearl Street, a dream is about to become reality for husband and wife team Bobby and Ysha Bass.

I didn’t photograph the exterior of Mesa, but if you’re just tuning into changes at 216 Pearl, and find yourself within viewing distance, this is what the former Petery-Hedden storefront looked like until recently (2013 photo).

Compare, contrast … and two-way traffic on Pearl Street also will soon be arriving.