The Hawthorn Grill at 1222 E. Stroop Road is completing a renovation of its dining room and bar and gearing up to launch a Sunday brunch as it approaches its third anniversary.
The dining room and bar renovation included new low-top tables to replace the pub-style tables in the bar area, a fresh paint job, new lights and new framed pictures. The project cost about $8,000, according to Hawthorn Grill chef-owner Candace Rinke.
The restaurant, which is currently open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Friday and for dinner on Saturday, will launch Sunday brunch service on May 26. The brunch menu will include Bananas Foster French Toast, Buttermilk Blueberry Pancakes, Huevos Rancheros, an Angus Beef Burger and a Portobello Burger.
The restaurant’s third anniversary is June 2, and while plans are not yet complete, they will include a complimentary Champagne toast, Rinke said.
For more information, call (937) 298-2222 or check out the Hawthorn Grill Facebook page.
The Smashburger-Great Lakes Brewing Co. collaboration that we first told you about March 29 has produced a special beer-pairings menu that the burger chain unveiled at its three Dayton-area restaurants on Wednesday.
Diners will find a “Smashburger + Great Lakes Pairing Menu” at each of the three Dayton-area restaurants suggesting which Great Lakes brew would best complement each Smashburger sandwich.
The Classic Smashburger, for example, “pairs perfectly” with the Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold, a “remarkably balanced beer that features a delicate balance between sweet malt and dry hop flavors,” the pairing menu says. The beer’s “clean finish balances with the simplicity of the Classic Smash(burger).”
And here’s what the pairing menu says about the pairing of the burger chain’s BBQ, Bacon & Cheddar Burger with a Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter: “A burger with big grill flavors and tangy BBQ sauce meets its perfect match with the Edmund Fitzgerald. The two balance well with the sweetness of the BBQ sauce and the bittersweet chocolate-coffee taste and bold hop presence” of the beer.
Smashburger started the beer-pairing menu suggestions in Denver and other western markets late last year, and customers have embraced the idea. Smashburger founder and managing partner Tom Ryan said Smashburger’s beer sales in the Phoenix market jumped 33 percent after the pairings showed up on menus.
Ryan came to the Dayton area in early March to visit the chain’s restaurant across from the Dayton Mall to meet with Luke Purcell, brewer of Cleveland-based Great Lakes Brewing Co. Together, the two sat down to evaluate potential beer-and-sandwich menu-pairing recommendations for Dayton-area stores.
Smashburger is putting together a similar pairings menu with the Christian Moerlein brewery for its Cincinnati-area restaurants.