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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Little dishes in Deerfield

A new locally-owned restaurant serving drinks and small plates is set to open in Deerfield Towne Center April 19. Relish Modern Tapas will serve an eclectic menu of small dishes with intense flavors, said Chef James Kankowski. “We’re offering indulgence but not over-indulgence,” he said, a philosophy reflected in their mini-martini menu and the price range, which is from $350-$23. Kankowski, a graduate of Culinary Institute of America, has had a long career in country clubs, but was most recently a private caterer. He is partnering with two local businessmen and former catering clients, JoJo Prisno and Francis Victa. They hope this is the first of several Relish restaurants. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner daily. Kankowski said the small-plate concept is appealing because it allows customers to create their own dining experience and budget. “You’ll be able to stop in for a glass of wine with hummus and crostini before a movie and not spend much, or have a whole dinner,” he said. He said the dishes will always have a dramatic presentation, though are essentially simple. Asian ribs in a ginger marinade and chorizo and dates wrapped in bacon will be among the dishes, served in a contemporary dining room that will seat 150, with 50 seats on a patio. Hours 11 a.m.-midnight daily. 5974 Deerfield Blvd., www.relishmoderntapas.com


at 12:20 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

$350-$23 range?

I don't know how to process that.

at 12:43 PM Anonymous Chad Edward said...

It's so hard to get one restaurant right, I'm skeptical of restauranteurs who open with a chain already in mind.

at 2:06 PM Blogger Polly Campbell said...

That's why newspapers have those wonderful sharp-eyed people called copyeditors. Blogging: writing without a safety net.That is of course $3.50. the website is supposed to be working in a few days.

at 10:07 AM Anonymous lauren said...

$3.50 to $23... that is more like it.

at 6:06 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chad, I'm with you.... Get ONE right, THEN talk about growing...

at 11:33 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

We tried this restaurant during the soft opening period last week. It was absolutely incredible! We are among the first to try new places, and this is by far one of the best we've come across in a long time. I'd highly recommend the spicy shrimp.

at 11:51 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Went in on a whim and what a great surprise. Can't wait to go back.

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