Two new restaurants open at Jasper InnJune 12, 2013
From local sources
JASPER — The Jasper Inn and Convention Center, 951 Wernsing Road, is celebrating the area with food.
The Hoosier (a bacon, cheddar burger), The Patoka (catfish dressed with coleslaw) and The German (a reuben on marble rye) are just three of the sandwiches available at the recently opened Jasper Bar & Grill, formerly Extra Innings Lounge.
The Boilermaker sandwich, which features beer-braised chicken prepared in a whiskey sauce and wrapped in a flour tortilla, is a favorite of Andy Hoffman, director of sales and marketing.
“You don’t have to be a Purdue fan to love this sandwich,” he said, adding that the bar makes its own potato chips to accompany the sandwiches.
The Jasper Bar & Grill also features four styles of chili — traditional red chili with beef, green chili featuring port and green chilies, white chili with chicken and navy beans, and black chili made with buffalo and black beans.
The Bainbridge, which will open at 11 a.m. Thursday, will feature four main menu items — rib-eye steak with mashed potatoes, chicken stewed in wine and served with German dumplings, poached trout with ratatouille and a pork dish with corn. Two salads also will be offered, a lettuce-based salad with ham and an herb-based salad.
“We are keeping the menu tight so we can focus on a few dishes and do them well,” Hoffman said.
Both restaurants are being run by food and beverage manager Josh Emmons, a Jasper native who has studied culinary arts around the world, including in France.
“We wanted someone with knowledge of running a restaurant and bar and with catering experience for our convention center,” Hoffman said. “We found all of that in one person who grew up here and can now share all of these things with the community.”
And community is at the heart of both restaurants. The dishes being offered focus on the types of foods raised and grown in the area or that are part of the area’s heritage.
“We want to offer the food your grandparents prepared,” Hoffman said. “Ratatouille has become stewed tomatoes on menus and in home kitchens; we are putting the vegetables back in the dish and serving it the way it was prepared years ago.”
In time, Saturday and Sunday brunch at The Bainbridge and daily specials will be added to the menu.
“We want people to try our food because it celebrates what this community is about,” Hoffman said, adding that he hopes the bar and grill will become a gathering place for area residents. “Gone are the black walls. We completely repainted the bar in soothing colors so people can relax and spend time here with friends.”
The Jasper Bar & Grill is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The bar features live music Fridays and Saturdays. Sparrow and Crandall will perform at 10 p.m. both nights this weekend.
The Bainbridge is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Either restaurant can be reached at 482-5555. The website is at www.jasperinncc.com. Both restaurants also can be found on Facebook.
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