Thank you to everyone who signed up for our email newsletters in recent months! We were thrilled to present Carol Keys with a gift certificate for $1000 for Ridgway Bar & Grill as the randomly selected winner of our email sign-up giveaway. We appreciate all of you letting us stay in touch, and hope you will stay tuned for future giveaways!
Ridgway Bar & Grill has been pleased to be a participant in the summer 2016 edition of Restaurant Week and we hope some of you have joined us in the past week or plan to do so this weekend. While Restaurant Week formally wraps up on the 15th, we’ve decided to keep it going. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights throughout the summer, Ridgway’s restaurant week menu will continue to be offered. As a complement to all of our summer dining specials, we are hoping to entice you to consider Ridgway when you get a yen for a night out. See you soon! Check out the menu on our website, labeled Summer Prix-Fixe.
Rib Night is Back!
If you were with us on April 23 for our inaugural rib night, you know we’re not exaggerating when we say it was an unqualified success. There were a lot of empty plates and big smiles in Ridgway that night! Niman Ranch‘s best ribs are back on the menu this Saturday, May 14.
Available in 5- and 10-rib portions, along with sides of house-made baked beans, sautéed greens, and corn pudding, it’s a meal that will surely satisfy.
At The Table With Tony
I am having more fun in the kitchen and the bakery these days, and hope it’s evident to you who have been with us in Ridgway and Tony’s. On April 28, we held a fabulous bakery tasting in Tony’s Off Third that drew pastry fans of all ages. Earlier in April we launched our summer dining calendar in Ridgway, which will run through October. We are currently in the midst of Restaurant Week, and as you see elsewhere in this newsletter are looking forward to continuing to offer that menu on weekends this summer. Clifford and I are concocting all sorts of new creations in the bakery (the new s’mores bites are already legendary – read below for more!) and can’t wait to share it all with you.
I am regularly reminded that the restaurant is a place where families come to gather and enjoy time and conversation and maybe to make a memory or two. I know that’s always been a big part of the allure of dining out for me and my family. We are grateful that you choose to spend your time with us.
I am equally aware that, well, you can’t please everyone all of the time. Recently while in conversation in the restaurant with a friend, I was approached by a regular patron to express his rather significant disdain for our music selections. Everyone is, of course, entitled to their opinion, but let me give you a bit of context.
If you’ve been with us in the last few months, you may have noticed we switched to a new playlist for the restaurant, and it reflects the musical tastes and contributions of many – me; my wife, Wynne; my daughter, Caroline; Sukie; David; our lead expeditor, Charles; and others I’m likely not even aware of having done so. To be honest with you, I don’t love every song. But I do love that it’s a collaborative effort and I love what it represents. Without getting too personal, I also love that it honors my son, Will, who truly had an appreciation for all styles of music, and had encouraged us to do this for several years.
There are so many moving parts in a restaurant. The music is, for the most part, meant to fade into the background. This time of year, as things quiet down, it becomes more prominent but hopefully not intrusive. But on those moments when I’m sitting at the dinner table, with Wynne to my left and Caroline to my right, and a song that we all love comes on, I can’t help but feel very much at home. My dearest hope is that you feel equally at home in Ridgway and Tony’s. And, if you have a specific song recommendation for our playlist, let us know! It may just make it into the rotation.
Tony’s take on our new s’more bites available in the bakery
My mother was very much involved with the Girl Scouts when we lived in Chester County,Pennsylvania, so fire-side treats were always requested and s’mores were number one. It’s a name, a topic and memory that I hear spoken of so often.
So, I’ve created my interpretation of the ultimate bakery s’more. In the few days since we introduced them, they’ve been a huge hit, selling out pretty much as soon as we put them out on display.
Consider this your advance notice that we will have them ready for purchase tomorrow, this Friday! They don’t last long so make sure to stop by for one, or maybe two or three if you’re feeling generous enough to share with friends! If I’m in the bakery, I’d love to regale you with how we put it all together.
Wine lovers, take particular note of Sukie’s wine flights being offered at dinner in Ridgway on the first and third Saturdays of the month! For $15, enjoy 3-ounce samples of 3 different wines, chosen specifically to complement each other in a true tasting progression.
Coming up in the second half of May and through June we’re offering:
Saturday, May 21
Ponzi Pinot Blanc 2014, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Villa Antinori Guado al Tasso Vermentino 2014, Bolgheri (Tuscany), Italy
Talley Chardonnay 2013, Arroyo Grande, California
Saturday, June 4
Vega Sindoa El Chaparral Garnacha 2012, Navarra, Spain
Hill Family ‘The Barrel Blend’ 2012, Napa, California
A Proprietary Blend of Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Zinfandel
Newton Red Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Napa, California
Saturday, June 18
Jermann Pinot Grigio 2014, Venezia-Giulia, Italy
Baby Blue Blanc 2014, Sonoma Coast, California
A Proprietary Blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon & Viognier
Hartford Court Chardonnay 2014, Russian River, California