A new restaurant opening in the former Bonterra Dining & Wine Room in Dilworth has a name and a concept, Tonidandel-Brown Restaurant Group announced on Friday.
Leluia Hall will open in the former church, and diners can expect family-style serving of its steak and surf menu.
Part of the restaurant’s culinary team has also been announced:
Owner Jeff Tonidandel will lead the team along with chef Chris Rogienski, who is executive chef of Supperland).
Leluia Hall’s executive chef has not yet been named.
Head Mixologist Colleen Hughes and her bartending team will run the cocktail program.
Michael Klinger, Sommelier and Wine Director, will select the 200+ bottle wine list.
“At Leluia Hall, we’ll source for a thoughtful raw bar program along with Prime cuts of steak, and higher-end proteins,” Tonidandel said in a statement. “From there, our sides and dessert programs will bring in more coastal influences. We want to showcase those bright, delicious, cravable ingredients that bring pops of color and flavor to the table.”
The restaurant will be upscale casual, with family-style serving and no dress code. “We love family-style dining. Guests can enjoy a lot of different dishes at the table — but it’s a lot more filling than tapas-style dining,” owner Jamie Brown said. “We like larger portions so guests feel satiated at the end of the meal—but it’s also about the inherent communion around the table where everyone is enjoying the same dishes. It creates conversation and a more shared experience for the party.”
Expect an art-deco-meets-coastal style, Brown said.
Tonidandel-Brown Restaurant Group also owns Crepe Cellar, Ever Andalo, Haberdish, Reigning Donuts and Supperland.
Bonterra Dining & Wine Room will reopen in Philips Place.