Today the last few pieces of kitchen equipment we’ve been waiting for came in. A quick install before dinner and, viola! Our kitchen renovation is finally done! This project has been two years in the making, and we hoped with that much lead time we’d be able to do the whole project in 2-3 weeks, but what is it they say about the best laid plans of mice and men? The entire project took almost 2 months, though we’ve been up and running for a few weeks, just waiting on a few more pieces.
For a little perspective on this, I think of my mom, Mary Phillips, who started the inn with my dad all those years ago. She worked 18 years of 18 hour days, standing in front of that one lone 6-burner and small flat top with an inadequate hood/ventilation system. When I think of the incredible food she put out of that kitchen, good enough to land her cheesecake on the cover of gourmet magazine, I am so proud of what she was able to do with so little.
By contrast, the new kitchen has everything we need to “do what we do” even better, while adding new menu items and expanding our catering abilities.
In the upcoming weeks we’ll be launching a new ala carte menu, and we have other big news as well: we are changing the name of the restaurant! We are now the Rittenhouse Inn and Landmark Restaurant. Same owners, new name!
We look forward to your next visit to Bayfield, and hope you’ll stop by and sample our new dishes, or one of our classic menu items.