Jason Brown wants to make sure someone traveling a ways for his food will get a chance to eat it.
The chef and owner of One Ten Craft Meatery, 110 N. Buffalo St., Warsaw, said the restaurant is now taking reservations for lunch and dinner.
“The reason we’re going to take reservations is not because business has slowed,” he said.
The opposite might be true. Some nights the restaurant has been so busy, the wait has been hard to manage.
110 N. Buffalo St., Warsaw
Hours: Lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday; Dinner from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday; Market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
When the restaurant opened Jan. 5, Brown didn’t want his staff to worry about a reservation system, so it was walk-in only. Once you were seated, the staff displayed knowledge of the menu and food. That was enough then.
Taking walk-ins only still works a lot of the time and about half the restaurant’s seats will remain open for walk-in customers, but Brown said as they’re getting regular visitors from outside of Warsaw, he wants to be sure guests can eat and drink in a reasonable amount of time rather than wait after a long drive.
Brown said he’s also hoping customers will visit the meat market that’s open in the restaurant. Since the restaurant is procuring and serving local meat, it’s also selling it for customers to take home to prepare as well.
In addition, he’d like to feed private groups Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Groups of 10 or more can book small events in the restaurant, he said.
“Business has been very solid,” he said. Because of that, he and others involved are able to expand efforts.
One Ten added a cocktail program to its original lineup of wines and ciders. Construction next door on an event space has already begun.
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While moving ahead with new ventures, Brown is working to make sure the meat and vegetables being served are delicious. A new menu will be released in late September or early October, he said.