Quick Bites: LaSalle Grill making some changes
Posted: 04/15/2013 at 7:00 am
By: Marshall V. King
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A warm brussels sprouts and kale salad at LaSalle Grill comes with a slice of fresh mozzarella cheese. (Truth Photo by Marshall V. King)
A filet at LaSalle Grill is constructed on a plate with fried onions and other ingredients. (Truth Photo by Marshall V. King)
Wild boar has been on the menu at LaSalle Grill, 115 W. Colfax, South Bend, recently. This preparation includes hash with sopressatta and chipotle tomato cream. (Truth Photo by Marshall V. King)
It wasn't the first fine dining restaurant in the area. But its longevity is worth noting. It's still a place where the food is exquisite, the dining room is elegant and the service is refined.
Owner Mark McDonnell isn't planning to change the main restaurant much, but he's making a lot of other changes.
LaSalle Grill is now the overseeing the food service at South Bend Country Club and a new restaurant there called Grill at the Greens opened April 9. LaSalle is catering all events at the country club. McDonnell called it “kind of a new approach to doing business.”
The former Club LaSalle upstairs at the Colfax location is being renovated and will become a gastropub called LaSalle Kitchen and Tavern. It's being modeled after the Chicago bar Hopleaf, McDonnell said. Outdoor seating is being added at the Colfax location.
Tom Sheridan, the longtime executive chef at LaSalle Grill, is now the chef over all the locations, and Eamonn McParland has been promoted to chef de cuisine at the restaurant.
Why do this? McDonnell said that fine dining is changing and the clientele needs to grow. Cafe Navarre, which opened last January, is a good competitor and McDonnell wants to expand the locations his food is available. “We needed venues,” he said.
• Danny K's Smokehouse & Grill opened March 29, but its smoker with hickory and other woods just went online last week. Owner Troy Reynolds said the restaurant in the former River Inn, 304 E. Vistula, Bristol, is a smokehouse with ribs, chicken and steaks, plus burgers, sandwiches and specials on the weekends. Pizza is also on the menu. This is the first restaurant he's owned, but he worked about 10 years for the popular Rib Shack in Granger. He rented the Bristol location in October and did a bunch of cleaning. Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 4 to 10 Friday and Saturday. He's eventually likely to open for lunch. Phone: 574-622-0080.
• The Chief, Goshen's popular ice cream stand that celebrated 50 years in 2012, is opening April 17. The line will likely form well before the first scoop is sold around 4 p.m.
• Twenty-two staff members and customers at Antonio's Italian Restaurant, 1105 Goshen Ave., recently finished a Biggest Loser competition. Tyler Clements lost 44.5 pounds/20.2 percent of his body weight and won the contest for the second consecutive year. Twenty-two people completed the contest and lost a combined 473 pounds. You can read more at blogs.etruth.com/diningalaking, including how much I lost in the competition.
• Swan Lake Resort, where Zach Lucchese recently took over as chef, is opening a new casual dining restaurant called Dickie's. It's named for Richard “Dickie” Klingler, one of the owners. The opening is scheduled for May 2, according to a press release. The resort is at 5203 Plymouth LaPorte Trail, Plymouth. Phone: 800-935-5616
• Fruit Hills Winery & Orchard, 55503 S.R. 15, Bristol, is having a Taste of Spring event from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20. The winery will introduce a new wine and offer food from other local businesses. The cost for the event is $5 per person. Summer hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, according to a post by the winery on Facebook.
• Martin's Super Markets, 7335 Heritage Square, Granger, will host two one-day bus trips to Chicago this summer. The tour will include breakfast, specialty cheese tasting, lunch, an urban-based sustainable farming tour, dinner and transportation. The cost is $130 per person and guests must be 21 or older. Dates are June 7 and July 26. For more information call 574-807-8220 or go to www.martins-supermarkets.com/chicagofoodietour.
• Don't forget that Eat Granger is under way through April 21. Three-course meals are available at Granger restaurants for $15 or $30. You can get more information at eatgranger.com or via the event's Twitter and Facebook feeds.
• Whole Foods opened with great acclaim last week. People were posting photos of the lines and the food, while others reminded folks to support smaller local businesses. I look forward to going — after the crowds thin a bit.
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