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Welcome to the Fireside Grille

New look for Highland Springs restaurant

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July 19th, 2016
The newly renovated Fireside Grille at Highland Springs opened in April 2016.

The newly renovated Fireside Grille at Highland Springs opened in April 2016.

It was worth the wait.

That’s the consensus as residents of Highland Springs flock to the newly renovated Fireside Grille, which opened in April 2016.

The Fireside Grille replaces the community’s Cotton Belt Café, which closed for remodeling in early 2016.

The restaurant now offers multiple stations where residents and their guests have their choice of sandwiches, soups, salads, pizza, pasta, hamburgers, and ice cream treats—all made to order.

“The feedback since the Grille opened has been very positive,” says Jack Daniels, the Resident Advisory Council’s liaison to dining services. “People like the idea that they can have food cooked the way they want.”

Good food, reasonable prices

Jack says his own favorite is the pizza/pasta station, where he can choose the toppings he wants on his pizza.

In addition to the made-to-order menu offerings, the Fireside Grille offers chef-inspired entrées and nightly carving stations, including lamb and prime rib.

Residents can use their flexible meal plan to eat in the Fireside Grille. They also have the option to purchase menu items à la carte or to host family and friends. 

The Grille’s reasonable price points are easy on the pocketbook. A large salad with your choice of toppings and protein (options include grilled salmon and butter-herb shrimp) will set you back $4.75. A one-topping pizza costs $5; additional toppings are 50 cents each.

‘Game changer’

“The Fireside Grille has been a game changer,” says Dining Services Director Debbie Malone. “We’re serving more people than we ever have.”

Two weeks after the Fireside Grille reopened, the restaurant was serving more than 300 residents and their guests each evening, up from an average of 100 people served nightly in the former Cotton Belt Café.

“Residents tell me they like the option of having their meal cooked to order,” says Malone. “It allows them to customize the menu items to their liking.”

The Fireside Grille is open Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and for brunch on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

“We’re serving people in the Fireside Grille all day long, not just at peak mealtimes,” says Malone. “There’s a continuous stream of activity.”

Quality is key

Stanley Sobkowiak and his wife Marianne moved to Highland Springs from Milwaukee, Wis., in November 2015 to be closer to their two daughters in North Texas.

“We saw the old café briefly before it closed for renovations, so we know the extent of the remodel,” says Stanley. “The new Fireside Grille is like a five-star restaurant. Everything is first class. That’s one of the features we appreciate most about Highland Springs—how everything is done with quality in mind.”