REDLANDS >> As owners at Greensleeves Steakhouse prepare for the restaurant’s grand opening, they offered a select few from the community a first look at the new menu.
The city’s “finest dining restaurant” is set to open June 23, and in the meantime, the restaurant has been hosting members of nonprofits and military veterans for lunch.
“We want those who are donating and volunteering their time in the community to get the first taste of what’s going on in our restaurant,” said Charles Gipson, general manager. “We want to get some feedback from the public before we actually open.”
The highly anticipated opening comes several months after the restaurant was purchased by new owners with plans to reopen as an old-school steakhouse with modern cuisine.
Former owners of the restaurant, then known as Joe Greensleeves, closed shop in September following an electrical fire.
There are about 1,100 people on the restaurant’s interest list who got first dibs at making reservations during the grand opening, said Jesse Fowler, who co-owns the restaurant, at 220 Orange St., with his girlfriend, Julia Cummings, and Redlands couple Ronnie Dawood and Lorinda Mendoza.
“We’ll be doing grand opening activities for four weeks because interest has been so high,” Fowler said.
The new owners brought in head chef Daniel Fernandez, formerly the head chef of The Nice Guy in Hollywood.
“He just has an incredible gift for searing and cooking steak perfectly,” Fowler said. “He’s a very, very talented chef. We got a very unique and special menu for Redlands.”
Gipson said restaurant staff have received positive feedback on the menu, which features something for everyone, from the vegan to the meat lover.
“We do want people to know who are pescatarians we have great seafood,” he said. “If you’re a vegetarian or even a vegan, we even have options for you. You’re not just limited to side dishes here.”
In the days leading up to the grand opening, the restaurant will continue holding lunches for nonprofit groups and fine tune the menu.
Fowler said he hopes the changes make the restaurant feel like an updated version of what Joe Greensleeves’ patrons enjoyed for years.
“We want to save the restaurant for what it was and just bring it up to date a little bit,” he said. “I hope people still get the sense that it’s a place they can call home, just a newer home.”