Family cooks up new Granby restaurant
November 16, 2008
A new restaurant with Mediterranean influences is under construction in Granby, Colorado.
The restaurant Brickhouse 40 will soon occupy a division of Main Street’s Country Home Outfitters.
Restaurant owners Dino and Amy Kaplanis, members of the Country Ace Hardware/Country Home Outfitters McConathy family, say the Country Home Outfitters design center will remain on one side of the existing building.
Other home-improvement merchandise will be moved to a future expansion of the Ace Hardware store.
“We don’t want people to think Country Home Outfitters is going out of business,” said Executive Chef Dino Kaplanis.
Brickhouse 40 is already taking shape with the framework of a future exposed kitchen in the former tile-display area as well as what eventually will be a 30-seat banquet room.
The main dining area will have a capacity of about 80. There will also be a bar, with town liquor license approval gained last Tuesday, as well as outdoor seating on the east side of the building.
The existing kitchen in the Country Home showroom will remain, where Chef Kaplanis plans to feature cooking classes, an omelet station during Saturday and Sunday brunches, and a “quick-meal” fresh pasta bar on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The existing kitchen has been the site of Kaplanis-hosted cooking classes for the past five years, which he says he plans to continue.
Kaplanis grew up in the atmosphere of restaurant ownership. His father, a chef, owns nine Mediterranean-style restaurants throughout the San Francisco Bay area, and one of two brothers has recently started a restaurant, also in the Bay area.
Dino took his knowledge of Italian and Greek cuisine toward becoming the former director of catering for the Denver Broncos, and he and Amy are former owners of Carver’s Bakery in Winter Park, which they sold in July of last year “with the idea of coming to Granby and opening Brickhouse 40,” Dino said.
The Kaplanis family’s Greek descent is likely to shine through in Brickhouse’s future menu of steaks, seafood, pasta, pizza, and a variety of chef’s creations.
“I hope to bring my own brand of cooking and food to Granby,” Kaplanis said. “The menu is a combination of everywhere I’ve worked and all the recipes I’ve created.”
Kaplanis said he is humbled by his in-laws’ willingness to share the downtown Granby storefront.
“Bless their heart to let me do this,” he said.
Save for major holidays, Kaplanis aims to hold “consistent” restaurant hours that include lunch and dinner weekdays and brunch, lunch and dinner on weekends ” including mud seasons.
Kaplanis said naming the new restaurant was a family effort.
“The family sat at a round table, and we kept throwing names out. We had about 150 names until finally we said, ‘it’s a brick house on Highway 40.'”
With any name, settling on one that evokes a trendy, slightly upscale and eclectic atmosphere, “We didn’t want to limit ourselves,” he said.
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