RESTORE Kitchen opens in Carolyn’s Cafe’s former spot in Redlands

Restore KitchenLast week, I had the opportunity to have lunch and check out RESTORE Kitchen (their caps), which opened recently in Carolyn’s Cafe’s old location.

I was invited by none other than Carolyn’s Cafe’s co-owner Keith Kahn.

My impressions?

Well, first off, fans of Carolyn’s Cafe will barely recognize the place. It’s gone from homey family diner to upscale gastropub chic. The owners — Chef Rick Wineman and Managing Partner Al Barilla — have really done a great job transforming the restaurant.

The food (I had the Mac’n Cheese Beer Burger, and we split an order of Hand Slashed Truffle Frites) was tasty and the service was on point.

The menu offers everything from soup and salads to burgers, sandwiches and wraps to steak, chicken and pot roast.

In other words, comfort food, elevated.

And then there’s the wine and beer selection.

Restore Kitchen tap listThe day I was there, there was a selection of 14 different beers from five great local breweries: Hangar 24 Craft Brewery, Escape Craft Brewery, Rök House Brewing Company, Coachella Valley Brewing Company and Ritual Brewing Co.

They also have a selection of boutique wines.

Non-alcoholic selections include HFCS-free, naturally-flavored Stubborn sodas.

RESTORE Kitchen is closed Mondays, and open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Appy Hour runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. weekdays.

Beginning next month, the restaurant will open at 7 a.m. for breakfast and weekend brunch.

RESTORE Kitchen is at 1711 W. Lugonia Ave., Suite 101, in Redlands.

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