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Captain's House restaurateur opens new special events venue with '1920s glamour'

Palmetto Grove has opened in Gary's lakefront Miller neighborhood.

Acclaimed chef Angela McCrovitz, who runs the popular Captain's House restaurant in Gary's lakefront Miller neighborhood, is bringing 1920s glamour back to a special events venue in a historic Miller building.

McCrovitz opened the Palmetto Grove banquet and event venue in a 116-year-old building at 6132 Miller Ave. It will feature chivari chairs in gold, a speakeasy bar and a private sitting room with a mural of a 1920s vehicle.

“Twenties glamour is back,” McCrovitz said. “The 1920s is the decade when fashion changed dramatically. Gone were corsets, long hair and long skirts. Women weren’t afraid of showing their knees or individualizing their own way of dressing, inspiring generations to come.”

Palmetto Grove is meant to evoke dinner lounges, supper clubs and "the dazzle and razzmatazz of speakeasy days — think Great Gatsby and HBO's Boardwalk Empire." McCrovitz encourages people interested in 1920s-themed parties and events to "channel your inner Daisy Buchanan, put on those pearls and pop the bubbly."

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“I want to show how any gathering such as anniversaries, baby and bridal showers, bar and bat mitzvahs, corporate events, rehearsal dinners, picnics, family reunions, birthdays and more can reflect the party giver’s own specialized flair and creativity,” she said.

McCrovitz has worked in recipe development for Better Homes and Gardens magazine and taught at culinary schools throughout the United States. She opened the Captain's House restaurant in Miller in 2016, featuring dishes like shrimp and grits, fish tacos and many varieties of lobster rolls.

Her new banquet hall will host up to 100 people, and employ at least 15 to 20 workers, she said. Palmetto Grove also will partner with local food artisans on meat, cheese, jam, maple syrup and coffee beans.

“We work with people to customize and individualize their menus,” McCrovitz said. “It’s just one way that we help people design their very special events.”

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.