Bistro 157 will close soon, Blue Chip Brewfest marks year 4 in Michigan City and Harbor Shores Grille and Golf starts the 2014 season.
Legendary Bistro 157 Will Close: An expiring lease prompted a sad note from Chef Nicole Bissonette, the powerhouse cook behind the fabulous French restaurant in downtown Valpo:
"....Unable to come to an agreement, I will unfortunately be leaving by the end of the month. I see this as an opportunity to explore other locations and projects and to find the perfect location for a new restaurant. Our last day of biz at 157 Lincolnway will be on April 26th.
Bistro 157 has achieved its reputation for being a great neighborhood restaurant not only because of its location, but because of its staff, clientele and community. I have had the incredible great fortune to work with some of Northern Indiana’s finest professionals, and thank them wholeheartedly for their dedication that goes above and beyond expectations. I have also had the privilege to cook for and entertain many a cohort of very lovely people. Peter Jennings joined us back in the day after 9/11 and just recently, we served the Prime Minister of Latvia! How cool is that?
"I am so incredibly thankful for the support we have earned and the wonderful friends that I have made in Valparaiso. I look forward to the next endeavor and ask you to follow Bistro 157 on Facebook so that you can stay abreast of my quest for the perfect spot.
Please keep us in your thoughts during this transition and do come see us at Bistro! Be sure to use those gift cards before we go. My staff and I are incredibly grateful for your support over the last 13 years. Over Spring, I hope that you will come see me at Bartlett’s Gourmet Grill, our upscale roadhouse in Beverly Shores, and some Bistro staff will pop up around Valpo for the summer. Thanks again for keeping this positive and supporting my talented, hard working crew. This is not good bye, its see ya later!"
In the Forecast, People Who Need to See People Everywhere: This is the fourth year for Blue Chip Brewfest, a beer sampling event, on Saturday in the Stardust Event Center and spilling over into a “climate-controlled” event tent. (But honestly, it’s going to be in the 60s this weekend!) Top microbreweries will be represented at the event this year and you can visit on a limited or unlimited basis. Ticket prices start at designated driver level $15, through general admission $40 and VIP levels priced up to $99.
Harbor Shores Grille and Golf Grand Re-Opening: Saturday morning Harbor Shores is open for golf. But the re-vamped clubhouse restaurant with a new menu that includes a veggie panini and fresh calamari selections opened yesterday. Some of the events coming up besides the Senior PGA are local celeb bartender nights with who’s who of BH-St. Joe serving his or her signature cocktails. Here’s the lineup:
Friday, April 11- Ross Smith, General Manager & Director of Golf
at Harbor Shores with wife, Valerie Smith
Saturday, April 19- Bryan Joseph of Michigan Pizza Hut & Jerry Price of the
Benton Harbor-St Joseph YMCA
Saturday, April 26- Brent Prillwitz of Silver Beach Pizza
Friday, May 2- Jeff Hintz, Brent Curtis, Ryan Ogle, & Drew Spuller
of The PGA of America
Friday, May 9- Jack Slubowski, Harbor Shores passholder and LIVE MUSIC with local standout, Mike Struwin
Tee times are available by calling 269-927-4653 (GOLF), booking
online at www.harborshoreslife.com, or via Facebook at www.facebook.com/harborshores.
The driving range will open next week, Saturday April 19th for
range pass holders and daily range passes. A daily range pass fee of only $20 provides unlimited practice facility use.