2013-09-28T12:00:00Z 2013-09-30T14:47:14Z SMALL-BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Tommy B's, HobartDeborah Laverty, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223

HOBART | A 70-year-old restaurant described as a Hobart institution has reopened under new ownership, a new name and new menu.

The Country Lounge, at 3700 Montgomery St., closed its doors earlier this year and reopened earlier this summer as Tommy B's Steakhouse.

Owners include Barb Sexton, Thomas McDermott Sr. and Sam and Kathy Werkena.

They also own another Tommy B's restaurant in Valparaiso, at 13 E. Lincolnway, which opened in March.

The menus at both restaurants are nearly the same with the Valparaiso site fashioned into a modern bistro and the Hobart site into more of a lounge. 

The menu at Tommy B's includes fresh seafood, steaks and pastas, Barb Sexton said.

Chefs include Chris Harpel, Christ Osterman and Carl Lindskog.

The restaurant was named Tommy B's because the name is reminiscent of the Tommy Bahama eateries and the owners wanted to give it an island or Caribbean theme, Saxton said.

The restaurant is open seven days a week for both lunch and dinner.

Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

The enclosed entrance area includes patio seating and there is a banquet area that seats up to 50.

The restaurant is handicap accessible, Sexton said.

There is a wine bar with specialties featured from 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays.

Entertainment, including a live jazz acoustical guitar and piano, on weekends.

Appetizers range from about $9 for a smoked salmon platter to $12 for fillet bites.

Main dishes range from about $10 for a pasta dish to $26 for a ribeye steak.

There also is pub fare, including sandwiches that range from $8 to $12.

For more information, call Tommy B's at (219) 945-3929.





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