Mount Adam's ROOKWOOD POTTERY has undergone a lengthy transformation and emerged as an upscale, casual bistro. After a two-and-a-half month remodeling job, the restaurant reopened last week with a new kitchen, a new look and a new menu. Behind the swinging doors, the restaurant completely gutted and installed a new kitchen. Patrons will notice front-of-the-house changes including bright new carpet in the dining room, and new light hardwood flooring in the bar area. Tables have been refreshed with padding, white linen cloths and white butcher paper, and some new, more contemporary chairs and a few booths have been added.
European touches -- like extra virgin olive oil and Dijon mustard in white porcelain jars -- have been added to each table. Going for that bistro feel, the restaurant completely changed its wine list, compiling about 40-45 selections, including more than a dozen available by glass, but not typical choices: Look for unique domestic, Italian and French wines by the glass for a change of pace. The restaurant also is touting its house coffee, Illy Café -- a premiere Italian brew -- found in its coffee and espresso choices. But the most dramatic changes are on the menu. Gone are the simple sandwiches and burgers. Instead, guests will find Belgian Endive & Frisée Salad or a Rosemary N.Y. Roast Beef sandwich with thyme-roasted tomatoes, Havarti cheese and herbed mayo. You can still get a burger, but not just any ol' burger: Now it's the Bistro hamburger, an 8-ounce patty of ground Black Angus Beef, served with steak fries and a red and white cabbage citrus slaw. Dinner entrées include salmon and trout selections, steaks and poultry, as well as pastas and salads. 1077 Celestial St. in Mount Adams. 513-721-5456.
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