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Chef overhauling Mike A's at the Lafayette in August

Chef Mike Andrzejewski is planning to overhaul his Hotel @ the Lafayette restaurant in August, introducing a lower-priced menu of smaller plates and market-driven entrees served in what has been the lounge of Mike A’s at the Lafayette.

The restaurant will remain open for lunch and dinner throughout the process, he said.  The restaurant’s current main dining room, a two-level space overlooking Clinton Street, will become an event space, with its own bar, he said.

The restaurant will also have a new name, which hasn’t been confirmed yet, he said.

Padded banquettes and new lighting fixtures will be part of sweeping changes turning the lounge room into a main dining room. It will have 50 to 60 seats, plus room to eat at the bar.

Under current Chef Chris Daigler and his assistant Brian Keindel, the menu will be “a little more accessible,” he said. “We want to encourage people to eat more different flavors rather than a lot more, period.”

Most dishes will be about $10-$20, with bolder flavors and culinary techniques aimed at encouraging people to assemble adventurous meals and share, he said. The lineup of larger entrees will change week to week depending on the marketplace, he said.

The Art Deco bar will remain, and beverage director Tony Rials’s craft cocktail creations will still be key to the restaurant’s character, Andrzejewski said. “What Tony’s doing deserves to be featured just as much as the food.”

The changes should take effect in the beginning of August. “We hope to have a soft opening the first week of August, and a grand re-launch around Aug. 10,” he said.


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