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Circus Cafe expanding

By Leo Coleman
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Christel and Colin MacLean, owners of Circus Cafe at 392 Broadway, said Tuesday they have purchased the space adjacent to Circus Cafe, formerly known as Russo’s Restaurant and Brindisi’s before that.

The new space will be called The Crown Grill at Circus Cafe and will represent an expansion of Circus Cafe.

“The Crown Grill will be upscale casual and will offer guests a separate and distinct dining experience from Circus Cafe,” said Colin MacLean in a statement.

“While Circus has a fun, whimsical French Circus theme, The Crown Grill will have more of a ‘Ralph Lauren, Polo’ feel with rich fabrics, oriental rugs, decorative wall coverings, leather seating and ambient lighting,” Colin MacLean said.

While there will be some crossover between the Circus Cafe and The Crown Grill menus, each will have its own signature dishes.

Lunch features at The Crown Grill will include gourmet farmstead grilled cheese sandwiches, a select short list of signature burgers as well as creative salads, pastas and sandwiches. The dinner menu at The Crown Grill will focus on fine hand cut steaks, roasted vegetable entrees, fresh seafood, a selection of handmade pasta dishes, amongst many other additions.

In preparation for the expansion, the MacLeans hired Executive Chef Steve Kerzner, who most recently held the Chef de Cuisine position at Prime at Saratoga National.

Prior to that Kerzner was with 677 Prime and Prime Bar and Grill, all part of Mazzone Hospitality.
Chef Kerzner also plan minor tweaks to the Circus Cafe menu, including the addition of new menu items that guests enjoyed as specials.

 
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