Victor Choy, a South Florida native and marketing pro, and his brother-in-law, chef Martin Moncrieffe, recently opened Drastix at 1920 Tyler Street, a new café offering street-wise but restaurant-ready skewered food on sticks — hence the name — paired with a variety of dipping sauces.
Choy and Moncrieffe had been playing with an idea for a food truck or café for more than five years. Last year, during the “Covid pause” of 2020, they started thinking about it again, and finally said, “Let's do it now.” They revived the idea, revised the business plan, adapted and enhanced the menu, and began the search for a location.
“I’m a local and always looking for new places,” said Hollywood resident Choy. “When I saw this place, I thought, ‘we’re surrounded by so much art here, I knew it would be great for our unique new concept.”
The core item at Drastix, Moncrieffe explained, is meat, seafood or veggies on a skewer, with a choice of sauce. There are 10 different Skewers and 10 different hand-crafted Sauces; each core item comes with a chef’s sauce recommendation, but mixing and matching is also encouraged. The menu also features seven different appetizers, called Shareables because they have five or six pieces per serving, and four different desserts called Sweets.
Everything is made fresh from scratch, he added proudly.
Among the menu highlights are the Duck with Brussel Sprout Skewer with a Honey Balsamic sauce, $15.79; the Shareable Mac & Cheese Bites, $7.49; and a Fried Bread Pudding with White Chocolate Raspberry Sauce Sweet, $3.29/$5.99. Lunch Bowl specials that include a choice of beverage start at $6.99 and are available Tuesday – Friday, from 11 am – 3 pm.
Along with the restaurant, the Drastix concept includes the launch of another business in the same space. CUR8ORS, a multi-media arts project, is designed to give exposure to local artists, entertain diners, build community, and raise money to support local arts education.
“One part of it is that we’ll be interviewing people who are passionate about what they do, and running videos that share their stories,” explained Choy. “We love food and we want to find people who love what they do, too, and share their stories.
“We're also working with a lot of local artists who are turning our tables into works of art. As new ones come in, we will hang the tabletops on the walls and sell them, and use the money to buy supplies for kids’ art classes to be held at the restaurant.
“We want to teach and inspire local kids. It brings it full circle,” he concluded.
The opening of Drastix and CUR8ORS is a timely addition to Tyler Street, which has recently started to take on a bit of an artsy air itself, with the appearance of several new creative merchants and the exciting new Tyler Street Sidewalk Mural Project.
Drastix is open Tuesday – Thursday and Sunday from 11 am - 9 pm, and Friday and Saturday from 11 am until midnight. For more information, please contact 954-998-2248 or visit www.Drastix.com.