After four months of being closed, Morris Inn reopening with a bigger kitchen

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By: J.C. Lee
jclee@flavor574.com

After four months of being closed, the Morris Inn is back again with a bigger kitchen.

The hotel, 1399 N. Notre Dame Ave., is reopening its kitchen right as students return to the University of Notre Dame campus, general manager Joe Kurth said.

 

Next to some new items to the menu, the 3,000-square-foot addition means the kitchen staff will be able to serve more people efficiently.

The kitchen will serve the Morris Inn’s two eateries, Sorin’s and Rohr’s, as well as group functions at the hotel and the Notre Dame Conference Center at McKenna Hall. The renovation also includes a service window by the Wind Family Fireside Terrace, where people can pick up a bite to eat. 

Rohr’s reopens Tuesday, Aug. 25 and Sorin’s reopens to the public Thursday, Aug. 27, according to a news release from the inn. 

Sorin’s 
Breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Served Tuesday to Saturday) 

Rohr’s
Lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Located at The Morris Inn, 1399 N. Notre Dame Ave., Notre Dame 

Once the landscaping by the terrace is done this weekend, Kurth bets “there isn’t a prettier place in the city to sit.”

For executive chef and director of food and beverage Patrick Dahms, the renovations were a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 

“The problem that we had before was it was a 1957 kitchen in a 2013 four-diamond hotel, and we really didn’t have the space to service two restaurants and banquet facilities both at the same time,” he said.

The renovations also allow his kitchen staff to try new things with their two restaurants.

Rohr’s, which serves Irish tavern food with a Midwest twist, will be able to serve pizzas made with its new woodstone oven. One of the items Dahms is especially excited about is the portobello mushroom pizza, made with fontina cheese and rosemary oil.

“We test run it last week, and I think it’s going to blow the socks off people,” he said. 

Sorin’s serves French cuisine, also with a Midwestern flair, and will add its take on the Coquilles St. Jacques to the menu. 

On top of that, it’ll be able to serve banquets of up to 1,500 to 1,800 people on busy weekends, such as the one leading up the Fighting Irish’s home game against the Texas Longhorns, he said.

The renovation, Dahms said, will help make the Morris Inn the destination for food and beverage “in a radius of 150 miles.”

Rohr’s also serves a selection of Au Bon Pain sandwiches from 2 to 5 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to midnight every day.

See previous reporting from Flavor 574 for more menu details. 

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