New Lenox's newest fine-dining establishment, Floyd's Alehouse Restaurant, is officially open. "It's a soft opening," according to Millie Garcia, part-owner. The date for the formal grand opening has not yet been determined.
The restaurant at 901 E. Lincoln Highway has a fresh feel about it. Floyd's Alehouse is more than simply a replacement for foreclosed Charley Horse Restaurant and Pub; it brings another element to the village.
With a menu that features small plates and entrées such as oxtail arancini, caramelized pork, lobster ravioli, barbeque bourbon ribs, as well as a variety of hamburgers and sandwiches on the menu, this is the definition of a fine-dining establishment with American cuisine. There is a kids menu too.
The average meal is expected to cost between $10 and $25, said Garcia.
Yes, people can see that the restaurant is open, but it's still in a phase referred to as an extended "soft-opening," said Garcia.
The hours are not yet firm. At the moment, "we want to see what kind of lunch crowd we get." If there seems to be an appetite for sandwiches, chicken strips and the special variety of hamburgers, "we'll open for lunch."
In the meantime, the restaurant is slated to appeal to an evening crowd. The doors are open Monday-Thursday from 4-11 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sundays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
60 Beers on Tap
Bar Manager Jay Myers is ready and waiting for customers to sit on the black leather stools that surround the 60 different taps of beer. "They're craft brews form across the country, as well as some selected imports," he said.
"We focus on the eccentric craft brews," said Myers, who rattles of the flavor of the multiple beers available. The restaurant features a sour style; it has a sour-tart taste. There are four nitro taps, which leave a frothy head—the kind "you'd find in a Guinness," he said.
For those familiar with craft brews, Myer pointed out that Floyd's has taps for Revolution, Brickstone, Lake Effect, Green Bush and Deschute. These are American brews, he added.
From a patio spot overlooking the pond, Greg Vincent and Bob Gardner, both of New Lenox, agree that Floyd's met their expectations. The two stopped in around 2 p.m. April 30 to try the beer on tap. "I had a cider beer," said Vincent. "It was good."
Gardner said, "I wanted to try something different. It's a good place to try some different kinds of beer."
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