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Ex-Root Five in Hamburg sets reopening

The former Root Five in Hamburg reopens on April 1.

No, that's not a joke. In fact, after a winter that slowed most restaurant projects, Frank and Sara Testa’s Public House on the Lake (4914 Lake Shore Road) is opening as originally planned.

“We will also be open for dinner on Thursday,” Testa said. “We will be opening up for lunch and dinner Friday and Saturday and will be serving Easter brunch on Sunday. We are actually fully booked for Easter already.”

Here's the menu, via


French Onion [Gluten Free] | $5
Beer and Cheese Soup | $5 Bowl $3 Cup


Grilled Romaine Caesar [Gluten Free] | $7.50
Parmesan, Bacon, Anchovy Style Caesar Dressing

Seven Grain Salad | $8
Seven cooked grains, fresh local vegetables and citrus vinaigrette

Classic Wedge [Gluten Free] | $9.25
Iceberg lettuce, crumbly bleu cheese, bacon, pickled onions, blue cheese dressing


Chicken Wings [Gluten Free] | $10/$18
Fried crispy with your choice of sauce: Frank's Hot Sauce, barbecue, sriracha & sesame, Chiavetta's Grilled

Fresh East Coast Oysters [Gluten Free] | Market Price
Cocktail sauce, mignonette and fresh saved horseradish

Beer Clams | $12
One pound of fresh clams steamed in local beer with Johnny’s Spicy Italian Sausage, garlic, parsley, fresh jalapenos

Mussels | $12
One pound of fresh mussels steamed in white wine, cream, Sriracha, garlic, shallots

Chicken Fingers | $9
Buttermilk marinated, panko breaded, served with pesto aioli & blue cheese

Grilled or Pan Seared Scallops [Gluten Free] | $9.75
Served with drawn butter

Stuffed Peppers [Gluten Free] | $9.75
House blend of four cheeses, Johnny's Italian Sausage and herbs, baked with olive oil

Charcuterie and Cheese Plate [Gluten Free] | Market Price
Daily selection of Caruso's meats and cheeses, pickles, mustard, preserves and bread

Friday thru Sunday

Flying Bison Rusty Chain Fish Fry
Fresh cut fries, macaroni salad and coleslaw

Pan-Fried Walleye
Lemon butter, horseradish mashed potatoes, fresh vegetables


Pastrami or Turkey Reuben | $9.75
Sauerkraut or coleslaw, Swiss, thousand island dressing on rye bread

Public House Burger | $9.75
House made, served with lettuce, tomato and onion on a Kaiser roll

Chicken Avocado Wrap | $10.25
Grilled chicken, avocado, lettuce, tomato, onion, goat cheese, roasted tomato aioli

Chick Pea and Black Bean Veggie Burger | $9
House-made, served with lettuce, tomato and onion on a Kaiser roll

Turkey Club | $10.25
Oven roasted turkey, bacon, cheese, sourdough bread, lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake | $11
Pan-seared, lettuce, tomato, Cajun aioli, served on a kaiser roll

Grilled Cheese | $7.50
Your choice of American, mozzarella, cheddar, goat cheese, bleu, or Swiss, served with your choice of bread

Bistro Steak Sandwich | $12.25
Served with mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, sauteed peppers & onions, served on a Ciabatta roll

Beef on Weck | $10
Oven-roasted beef, kimmelweck roll, horseradish, au jus

Choice of Breads
Hold The Bread! [Gluten Free]

Additional Toppings
Cheese: American, cheddar, mozzarella, Swiss |$0.25
Cheese: Goat or Crumbly Bleu |$1
Tomato |$0.25
Avocado |$1
Bacon |$1
Fried Egg |$1
Sauteed Peppers & Onions |$0.50
Turkey or Pastrami |$2
Chicken Breast |$3
Grilled Steak |$6
Grilled or Pan Seared Scallops |$5
Side of French Fries |$3.50
Side of Macaroni Salad |$3
Side Dressing (each) |$0.25
Side Blue Cheese (each) |$0.50

The opening list of specials can be found here.

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