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"Parkview Grille in Litchfield, MN"

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http://www.independentreview.net/ (local newspaper featured this article) Litchfield residents Garmon and Anne Tipka describe their new restaurant, Parkview Grille, as a place that serves both blue plate comfort food and an eclectic dinner menu that will change seasonally. “It’s the kind of a place that you’d see on ‘Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,’” said Garmon Tipka, referring to the show on Food Network that features America’s most interesting and unique restaurants. But Parkview Grille also honors the history of its location — in the 1950s, the building held Janousek’s Cafe, a popular lunch location that served up burgers and malts. Garmon said Parkview Grille offers a “Janousek Burger” on the menu, served “with or without onions.” “Everyone in town who grew up here will know what we’re talking about,” Garmon said of the simple choice of onions or no onions. Litchfield resident Truman Stehr ate lunch at Parkview Grille on Monday, the day the restaurant opened. “We used to come here when it was 10 cents a burger,” Stehr said, reminiscing about Janousek’s Cafe. “It’s good to be open. I love the tap beer. We’ll be back and be a part of something historic.” The restaurant features blue plate comfort food and soup and sandwich specials at lunch. “Our lunch is definitely catered to the locals,” Anne Tipka said. The rest of the menu includes a variety of homemade burgers and panini sandwiches, appetizers such as chicken wings and fried fresh mozzarella, and homemade potato chips that are sliced to order. “We’re just a little place that serves homemade unique food,” Anne said, noting their menu includes topping such as sun-dried tomato aioli (a flavored mayo), pickled vegetable relish and homemade olive relish. The restaurant holds 40 people, and will hold another 40 people on the patio scheduled to open next spring. Parkview Grille will serve food until 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until midnight Friday and Saturday. “We really hope that we develop a late-night clientele,” Anne said. Parkview Grille opened to friends and family Oct. 24 for a practice night. The Tipkas said they received many positive reviews from guests. “There was a hum in here,” Anne said of the practice night. The Tipkas operated a restaurant in Spicer for about 10 years before buying the old Parkview Cafe, which closed in July 2012. The Tipkas originally planned to open the restaurant in April, but the opening date was pushed back because the building required more remodeling than they expected, Anne said. The Tipkas gutted the building, installed all new equipment, and redid the plumbing and electrical. “We’ve had a lot of local support,” Garmon said. “And we never would have been able to complete our project if it wouldn’t have been for local tradesmen.” The last piece to the puzzle was finding a chef — the Tipkas found chef Emerson Brock, who moved to Litchfield last Tuesday from Farmington, N.M. Brock has 17 years experience working in kitchens, and called his opportunity to work at Parkview Grille “a dream come true.” “It’s exciting. I like the adrenaline rush of it,” Brock said about being a chef. “I love it. I love it. I love the stress of a well-organized kitchen.” Brock said the practice run on Oct. 24 went amazing. “For some reason, it just felt like home. We were an amazing dancing couple last night,” Brock said of working with Garmon. “Everything just fell into place. It’s unexplainable.” Garmon said he is happy to be honoring the tradition of the building, which was once Janousek’s Cafe, then Parkview Cafe, and now Parkview Grille. “It’s a great setting,” he said of the location in Litchfield’s downtown, right across the street from Central Park. “I like standing behind the bar and looking out the window.”

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