Plans have been in the works for almost a year and a half to open a new restaurant in the building of the former Cardinal Inn on Rt. 502 in Spring Brook Twp. Daleville residents George and Michelle Grassie purchased the building and introduced Grassi’s Restaurant to the entire North Pocono community earlier this year.
After buying the building in 2010, George realized there was still much work needed to be done before he could officially open the doors to the public.
“Although we kept the same footprint,” he explained, “everything else has basically changed. The building underwent a complete restoration.”
While the outside appearance of the building has been altered, some of the most noticeable changes can be found inside. As customers enter the restaurant one of the first things their eyes fixate on is an enormous wooden fireplace. Equally appealing is the incredible artwork which covers portions of the wall.
There is also a banquet hall downstairs that acts as a multi-purpose room for private parties, bands, etc. They have even remodeled the motel rooms and each one is now equipped with a private bath. There are six rooms in total.
George said that ninety percent of the work was completed by he and his sons construction company, Grassie and Sons Construction.
“I would like to recognize all of the hard work these individuals did during the entire restoration process. We employ a lot of local people and all of this work couldn’t have been done without them,” he said.
Seating has increased ever so slightly - the dining area seats 85, the bar area seats 40, and there will be additional outside seating that is seasonal.
There are two menus - a dining menu and a bar menu - and all food is homemade, or made to order, so please be patient. This includes anything from appetizers to entrees to desserts and everything in between.
They offer daily and weekend specials such as prime rib and surf and turf. However, menu items will change with whatever is in season at that time.
Jimmy Evans was hired as Grassi’s head chef. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 1986, Evans made quite a name for himself after being hired as the personal chef for two Pennsylvania Governor Administrations - Casey and Ridge. He also was previously employed at Blakeslee Inn and he was the former owner of Jimmy Global’s Kitchen in Moscow.
With business spreading quickly by word of mouth, the Grassie’s have not had to worry about much formal advertising up to this point. It is that very reason they would like to thank the entire community for such a positive response to date.
Grassi’s Restaurant is a fine dining establishment in a casual setting with reasonably priced meals. Just beware - their relaxing and inviting atmosphere can be somewhat contagious. Reservations are recommended so be sure to call 471-3016 today.
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