THE RIDGE HOTEL SWINGS OPEN THE KITCHEN DOORS OF ITS NEW RESTAURANT
Lake Geneva, WI – News of the luscious linchpin in the multi-million-dollar remodel of The Ridge Hotel has teased diner taste buds for several months – and Crafted Americana will not disappoint when the restaurant officially swings open its doors to the public on Friday, June 3.
The second new dining venture to debut at The Ridge this year, Crafted Americana carves out an artistic approach to every aspect of its modern menu – from premium ingredients and curious combos to locally sourced fixings and unchartered flavors. Playing into this creative-contemporary theme, the restaurant’s eclectic midcentury décor – unlike any other in the Lake Geneva area — awakens the senses to something fresh, something new.
“Our kitchen lives up to the Crafted name by building in all flavor components by hand,” says Crafted Americana Chef Ricky Lund, “bringing in ingredients so raw that we can build whatever we wish into our dishes. From pork belly, we will cure and smoke our own bacon. From fresh local products, we will churn our own artisan ice cream, promoting new and unique flavors. We will debone and skin whole salmon and break down our own beef, utilizing each part to create, conserve and sustain.”
Indeed, handcrafted isn’t just the flavor of the month; it’s a way of life at Crafted Americana. Slip into your Wisco comfort zone with homespun Spotted Cow beer-battered cheese curds and take a bite of delight with our soon-to-be legendary house-smoked bourbon barbecue ribs or bespoken buttermilk fried chicken. Mix in with the mod squad over a dish of harissa spiced lentils, organic Irish salmon or hand-rolled Scotch eggs. Take your place as a regular at the Friday fish fry or Saturday slow-roasted, cut-to-order prime rib nights.
While the dinner menu surely enchants, Crafted Americana’s breakfast and lunch plates, too, will entice with fresh-fashioned American fare the likes of beef & grits, prime dip and a bowl-you-over brisket burger. Crafted Americana’s hand-hewn ideology flows into a rotation of some 30 craft beers (with six on tap) plus craft bourbons and custom-infused vodkas, with the dirty black cherry martini taking up residence as the house’s signature spirit.
Spanning an airy 2,580 square feet, Crafted Americana seats up to 100 people in its window-lined dining room of Eames-inspired chairs, sleek Corian-topped tables and tufted leather banquettes. The Mad Men-like library lounge makes a smart first impression, with two intimate seating arrangements set for conversation and cocktails. A lengthy quartz bar, softened by the retro glow of lazy Edison lights dangling overhead and a trio of TVs, beckons diners to belly up (in the most stylish of ways).
“Lake Geneva needed a place like this,” states The Ridge Hotel’s Director of Food & Beverage Rob Johnson, “a place that delivers modern, trendy food through time-honored techniques; a place that creates an outstanding, elegant experience in a comfortable setting.”
Crafted Americana is open for breakfast from 7am-11am, for lunch from 11am-5pm, and dinner from 5-9pm Sunday-Thursday and 5-10pm Friday-Saturday. Take-out is available – but why skip panoramic views of the wooded lakeside scenery comingled with this cosmo interior? Come quell your cravings. Dig in and drink up at Crafted Americana.