Yes, We ARE Open!
Perhaps it's the fact our email updates have been a bit more sporadic than usual of late. Or maybe it's simply that so many other local dining establishments are closed this month or have significantly reduced hours. Because it seems the most common question we've fielded recently is "are you open?"
Yep! The Rookery is still here...5 nights a week, Thursday thru Monday. But truth be told, it's been a little lonely here on a few of those nights. :( So please come out to see us. You'll enjoy a great dinner. And we'll be a lot less bored!
New Dinner Menu Coming Soon
Chef Mike is in the process of developing several new menu items for our upcoming summer season, some of which we'll preview for those joining us on Mother's Day weekend (May 13).
For the first time ever the Rookery will offer a burger on our dinner menu...though our new Kobe Bacon Cheeseburger will be significantly more upscale than you'll find at the golden arches. American Kobe beef rubbed in coffee spices and grilled with applewood smoked bacon, caramelized shallots, heirloom tomato & smoked gouda finished with a black truffle oil and Texas style barbecue sauce. Yum!
The Rookery's risottos have become one of our more popular entrées, and the new asparagus & shiitake mushroom version has all the makings of another big hit. We'll also be introducing several new pasta dishes, including one with scallops and shrimp, herb marinated artichokes, sun dried tomatoes, and spinach. Plus a new vegan pasta option featuring sautéed seasonal fresh vegetables from our local farm cooperative. And leave it to Chef Mike to transform his popular chicken marsala recipe into ravioli form. Plus our signature Fresh Fish UN-fry will certainly return by Mother's Day, if not before.
And that's just the beginning. There'll be several more additions to this list by mid-June when the main summer vacation season here in the Northwoods kicks into full gear. Not to mention an all-new patio grill menu we'll be introducing in conjunction with our Sunday afternoon live outdoor music series (see more below).
Live Outdoor Music Returns to the Rookery
Once again this summer the Rookery will feature live music on our outdoor stage on Sunday afternoons from mid-June right through the end of September. Performances already are being scheduled and will be continuously updated on our new website music calendar.
We'll also be unveiling an all-new patio grill menu that will available only during concerts. What better combination on a beautiful summer afternoon than live music, wafting aromas of mouthwatering food on the grill, and a cold beer or gin and tonic? The Rookery will be THE place to be on Sunday afternoons this summer. Be there or be square!
Last Call for Murder
Many have inquired. None have dared. What's the matter? You too scared?
It's fun. It's unique. And it's only at the Rookery. Round up a group of 8 friends and figure out who among them done it...over a fabulous four course dinner served in our private dining room.
The setting? A 1920s speakeasy in old Chicago. You and your dinner companions will assume the role of one of eight beguiling characters. We'll provide the script, the costume suggestions, and of course an amazing Rookery feast. All you need to bring is your sense of humor and a light-hearted approach toward deceit, larceny, sex, and murder. (Plus just 69 bucks a person.)
Dates are flexible to meet the needs of your group, and by reservation only. But your window of opportunity is quickly closing. No murders allowed at the Rookery during our busy summer season.