Now Open in Arcadia: Kitchen 56

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Kitchen 56
has just opened its doors this week after a major overhaul.

The interior was redone, new management and staff are on board (Brittani West, formerly of Metro Brasserie, is the GM), and new chef Jonathan Stonis (who previously worked for Fox Restaurant Concepts' Olive & Ivy and Bloom) has a completely new menu of casual American comfort food.

The changes were part of a reboot by the restaurant's owners, who opened the place as Vatra Grillhouse last August, and then relaunched in December after a lukewarm response from the public. Chef Peter DeRuvo was briefly at the helm in the kitchen for the relaunch, until getting lured away by an understandbly irresistible offer to become executive chef at Prado.

After DeRuvo's departure, they switched the name to Kitchen 56 and shuttered the place altogether, instead letting consultant Bill DeGroot assemble a new team.

What's on the menu?

Appetizers include edamame with shallots and oyster and soy sauce, housemade chips with parmesan-onion dip, griddled corn cakes topped with pulled pork, and wood-grilled oysters. 

There are also salads, wood-fired pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, and pasta dishes such as handmade pappardelle with slow-roasted pork sauce, tomatoes, and herbed ricotta, and spaghetti with veal and ricotta meatballs. Among the entrees are pork chops with braised red cabbage, potato puree, and spinach; hangar steak with hand-cut frites; Cabernet-braised short ribs; and grilled ahi tuna with eggplant caponata and spinach.

Desserts look homey: Chocolate-peanut-butter mousse, molten sticky toffee pudding, and warm zeppoles with powdered sugar.

Kitchen 56 is open from 5 to 10 p.m. nightly (until 11 p.m. on weekends) and closed Mondays. Happy hour starts at 3 p.m.

 


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Stripe3
Stripe3

Can't believe they don't have their own website.

Arcadia Resident
Arcadia Resident

Just dined at Kitchen 56. I want to support a restaurant in the area but was disappointed.The roasted chicken was really dry and the eggplant served with my Seared Ahi was a pile of mush. We were with our kids and the waiter didn't mention kid menu choices (not printed on menu) until after we had ordered. We won't be returning for dinner - maybe drinks and appetizers...

Ann H. Berry
Ann H. Berry

Much improved----loved the view----good service!!!! Food still needs lot's of tweeking----bring the flavors up a notch!!!! Edamame too salty, wings the same and dip not rich enough. Mussels need more flavor. I fixed mine with a shot of wine and a pinch of sugar. Yummy!!!Toffee treat needs Vanilla Bean Ice cream. Loved being there but "fix the food or flop again"!!! Chef?? Owners???Ann H. Berry

Fun in the Sun!!
Fun in the Sun!!

I live in Arcadia and really liked Vatra Grillhouse. Was sorry to see it close. I will now support Kitchen 56 because our neighborhood needs good local businesses. I was however concerned when the local sleeze-bag councilman for that area, Sal Di Cicco, was spouting off at a local neighborhood meeting about how he had been so influential in bringing this business to Arcadia. He is NOT a good name to have connected to your business!!!! Be very careful who you call your "friends". The locals will not support you!

TheTruth
TheTruth

Bill Degroot is a dipshit that will run this place into the ground....again. Bill has been part of some of the biggest flops in recent history. Just ask him how "Star Spangled Tavern" and "Canal" worked out.

Dominic Armato
Dominic Armato

So it's Beckett's Table East?

No surprise, given the success of Beckett's Table West.

Dominic Armato
Dominic Armato

I have to believe there's a light at the end of the tunnel somewhere, but I sure don't see it from where I stand.

In the meantime, I feel the same way about upscale comfort food that I do about cupcakes and bacon. It's great, but... c'mon, people.

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