Dutch’s adds more food
Dutch’s Wine and Beer in East Hyde Park has added a butcher shop/fine foods store, Dutch’s Larder.
It is offering top-of-the-line food products for people who appreciate the good things. The Larder has been quietly open for a couple of weeks, but they held a grand opening tasting session last week.
Look for items like lamb bacon, 40-day aged strip steaks, veal chops and Pleasant Ridge cheese. Jim Cornwell, behind the counter, said they don’t intend to make a lot of prepared foods, but they’re still figuring out what their customers want.
Open at 10 a.m. (except Monday), closes at 8 pm. Tuesday-Thursday, 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday.
3378 Erie Ave., East Hyde Park, 513-871-1446.
Yard House restaurant coming to Banks
An L.A. chain of high-end restaurants called Yard House has chosen the plot of land in front of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center to build its 38th national restaurant.
Set to open late in 2012, the one-story restaurant will span 11,000 square feet at the Banks, across Walnut Street from Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, with decks and patios overlooking the Ohio River and Roebling Bridge. Industrial aesthetic elements — woods, stainless steel accents and exposed pipes — will connect the restaurant to its urban setting. Designers also plan to incorporate features that connect to the riverfront and bridges.
Yard House serves up American fare like salads and steaks, tacos and pizzas, burgers and pastas. It offers up to 200 taps of craft beers, stored in a large glass-walled keg room and served from a large center island bar. Classic rock music creates the restaurant’s ambiance. The name Yard House comes from the three-foot tall glass containers called yards, designed in Great Britain in the 1700s. They were handed to stagecoach drivers full of beer after a long journey in a horse-drawn carriage.
Freeze Yogurt Bar opens in West Chester
Freeze Yogurt Bar is differentiating themselves from the pack by serving organic yogurt with organic or natural toppings: no artificial colors, no high-fructose corn syrup, etc.
It’s a home-grown project from Lance and Christina Francis, both engineers who live in Deerfield Township. It’s self-serve, as most of the new yogurt places are. They have both tart and creamy frozen yogurt, and fruit sorbets.
They charge 49 cents an ounce, not out of line with other froyo shops.
7721 Voice of America Centre Drive, 513-777-9999.
Springtime Thursday at Jean-Robert’s
Jean-Robert’s Table is featuring live music on Thursdays in May, and offers a special menu and discounted wines by the glass along with it.
Annette Shepherd, with John Keene on accordion, provide the music. The $40 four-course menu includes sole Veronique, pork tenderloin au poivre vert and a roasted almond profiterole with bourbon ice cream.
713 Vine St., Downtown, 513-621-4777.