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Wednesday, February 14, 2018 1:00 am

BakerStreet to offer Proximo introduction

Kimberly Dupps Truesdell | For The Journal Gazette

A popular dinner series at BakerStreet Steakhouse will kick off next month with an introduction to the anticipated Proximo.

Proximo is the latest venture for the partners of the 4820 N. Clinton St. restaurant and The Hoppy Gnome downtown. The upscale Latin-themed Proximo will occupy the Ash Skyline Plaza space vacated by The Golden last year.

It is slated to open this summer and will also expand into the neighboring space that housed The Find retail shop, which relocated across the intersection of Wayne and Harrison Streets.

The menu for the 4820 Dinner Series event, which will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. March 5, is still in the works.

Proximo, which means “next” in Spanish, will feature many seafood dishes, such as ceviche, paella and Chilean sea bass, partner James Bashir A. Kahn told The Journal Gazette last month. There will also be items that feel approachable, such as a steak, but a chimichurri sauce will give it a Latin flair.

Tickets will be $75 and are available through the restaurant's Facebook page or by calling the restaurant, 484-3300. Tickets are limited and events often sell out.

The 4820 Dinner Series will also include a Franciscan Estate Winery dinner April 23; beer dinner June 4; Hess Collection Winery dinner July 16; a 10-year anniversary dinner Sept. 17; and a scotch dinner Oct. 15.

And just in time for Valentine's Day (that's today if you forgot), BakerStreet was named one of the most romantic restaurants in America.

OpenTable compiled the list, naming 100 dining destinations, which came from 32 states.

The data came from verified users between Dec. 1, 2016, and Nov. 30. Restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of reviews for which “romantic” was selected as a special feature.

Mad renovation

Mad Anthony Brewing Co. is gearing up to celebrate its 20th anniversary and with it are coming big changes for the city's first microbrewery.

The location at Broadway and Taylor Street will be closed for two weeks beginning Sunday so that the restaurant can be renovated.

Among the changes will be new counters and flooring, seating arrangements, kitchen updates including new equipment, and updates to the private-dining Mad Room.

The changes will bring a more modern feel to the space, which was once the first Kroger store in the city.

“The goal is to bring them up to date for the next 20 years,” says Josh Volz, marketing director for Mad Anthony Brewing Co.

Mad Anthony Brewing Co. will celebrate the anniversary with events from April 23 to 29.

The restaurant was once known as the Munchie Emporium.

Comedy & cuisine

The former Snickerz comedy club has reopened with a new name, ownership and family restaurant.

GutBusterz Comedy & Grille, 5535 Saint Joe Road, has a full-service family restaurant with a menu that features bar-style fare.

Appetizers include fried favorites such as onion rings, mushrooms, green beans and pickles, as well as loaded tater tots and waffles.

Entrees include chicken wings, pizza, burgers and wraps, as well as larger plates.

A full bar serves drinks such as Long Island iced teas, rum runners and Bahama Mamas.

For dessert, there's the Apple Pie Cone – spiced apple pie filling and vanilla ice cream in a waffle cone; fried Twinkies; and skillet cookies.

Hours will be 4 p.m. to close Monday through Friday and noon to close Saturday and Sunday.

Ages 10 and younger will eat free during February with the purchase of an adult entrée.

Anyone that dines in the restaurant Monday through Wednesday will receive free tickets to the week's comedy show.

New Casa slate

Casa Ristorante locations have unveiled a new features menu for February and March.

Getting a meal started is the Funghi Ripieni appetizer – stuffed mushrooms filled with prosciutto, spinach, Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs.

Among the entrée features are Chicken Cannelloni, which includes pasta filled with roasted chicken, Italian herbs, sautéed spinach, ricotta, Parmesan and Romano cheese and baked in a Parmesan cream sauce.

The Polpettone di Momma is a portion of Momma's meatloaf baked with fresh herbs and blended cheese, with Tuscan pan gravy and crispy onions.

For dessert, there will be a cherry chip cake on feature.

Also during Lent, Casa will offer a 7-ounce fried sole with a pasta side and Casa side salad for $8.59. It will be available daily for lunch and dinner.

More Lent options

Sara's Family Restaurant, the family-friendly spot known for its large menu, will expand its offerings further for Lent.

At 5792 Coventry Lane, Sara's will serve a wide selection of seafood, including New Zealand orange roughy, wild-caught Atlantic salmon, tilapia, farm-raised catfish, shrimp, pollock, clams, crab cakes, fish tacos and shrimp stir-fry.

Some of the seafood options will be available in combination entrées in a variety of preparations such as grilled, pan-fried, charbroiled and deep-fried.

Around town

BurgerFi, 7777 Coldwater Road, will have a grand-opening event this weekend.

On Friday, customers can get a free regular fry with the purchase of a burger or dog.

On Saturday, the first 100 guests will get a free cheeseburger, and cheeseburgers will be $5 for the rest of the day.

On Sunday, ages 12 and younger can get a free meal with the purchase of a burger, fry and drink.

Mocha Lounge announced that it will open a second location on Dupont Road this spring. The shop has served specialty coffee drinks from its location on Getz Road for 13 years.

Loving Cafe will be closed through Feb. 27 for a family leave. The vegan restaurant at 7605 Coldwater Road will reopen Feb. 28.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears Wednesdays. Fax news items to 461-8893, email or call 461-8304.