Originally created 07/27/06

Verandah Grill emerges from Partridge Inn project



A new restaurant has emerged from phase one of The Partridge Inn's multimillion-dollar renovation project - The Verandah Grill.

Formerly the P.I. Bar & Grill, the restaurant is at 2110 Walton Way.

The grill has a new look, with the restoration of the original brick fireplace and the addition of a private dining suite, The Champion Room, which was crafted from three small guest rooms.

Executive chef Bradley Czajka says there's nothing complicated about his cooking style.

"If you use great ingredients, prepare it simple, it's going to come out wonderful," he said.

Menu items include sweet potato-crusted Georgia trout on wilted spinach, red onions and pears ($19.75) and pan-seared duck breast on corn spoonbread with dried cherry reduction ($21.25). Grilled items, appetizers, salads, sides and soups are also served.

The restaurant is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Brunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. The restaurant's bar is open daily, with a happy hour 5-7 p.m.

The Public House, a Manhattan-style steakhouse, has opened at 399 Highland Ave. in Surrey Center.

"We want the steakhouse to be the forefront, with the joy and culture of the Irish kind of blended and fused into the concept." said co-owner Eric Norton. He and his wife, Sarah, moved from Savannah to open the restaurant in May.

Menu items include appetizers, steaks, seafood, salads and sides. Appetizers range from $11.95 for lump crab cake to $6.50 for lobster bisque. Steaks range from $65.75 for a 40-ounce center-cut porterhouse for two to $32.25 for a 22-ounce choice bone-in rib steak. The sides, big enough for two or more people, range from $8 for charbroiled cheese mashed potatoes to $4.95 for sauteed green beans.

The restaurant also has a full bar.

"The focus is split between the bar and food," Mr. Norton said.

The restaurant is open 4:30 p.m. until Monday-Saturday and closed Sunday. Reservations are recommended.