Rocky River Tap & Table opening as farm-to-table spot

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By: Marshall V. King

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A new farm-to-table restaurant is opening for dinner today in Granger.

Rocky River Tap & Table will open to the public for the first time at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 2.

Owner Kurt Janowsky said initially the restaurant will be open for dinner only but will add lunch service eventually.

Janowsky took over the former Tilted Kilt at 1032 E. University Drive after it closed May 31. After some remodeling, training of staff and building a new menu, he’s ready for business.

John Dawson, formerly of Between the Buns, will oversee the new spot.

The menu is built around ingredients from farms, vineyards and brews in a 100-mile radius. Nearly all the beers on the large list of craft brews are from Indiana, Michigan or Ohio breweries. Iechyd Da, Evil Czech, Greenbush and Burn Em have brews available at Rocky River. Most wines are from California, but there are also a number from Michigan wineries.

The food is being sourced from farms as close as Bristol. The chicken and pork is from Gunthorp Farms in LaGrange. Indiana bison and charcuterie from Smoking Goose are on the menu as well.

Diners can get snacks, small plates, large plates, flatbread pizza, dishes to share, sandwiches, salads and smoothies. Janowsky said the menu will change over time, but he’s pleased with what’s being offered so far.

Dishes on the opening menu include:

  • Bacon jam with melted brie and toast ($7)
  • Ale-brined pork chop with charred apples and white bean hash ($18)
  • BBQ duck nachos with smoked duck, Rocky River barbecue sauce, cheese, black beans, chili and sour cream ($12)
  • Vegetable stack with grilled portabella, bell peppers, red onion, summer squash, arugula, gouda an garlic aioli on toasted foccaccia ($10)
  • Chop salad with market greens, almonds, raisins, avocado, edamame, feta and buttermilk dressing ($8)

Artisan, Janowsky’s high-end restaurant at 505 S. Main St. in Elkhart, isn’t ready to open yet, but work is underway. 

Rocky River Tap & Table
1032 E. University Drive, Granger
574-272-5458

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