by Chef Eric Brenner
Wow, what a great team! Over the past few days the eager staff at Lady Luck Casino in Blackhawk has been plugging away as we prepare for the Grand Opening of Otis & Henry’s Bar & Grill this week.
The kitchen is fired up, the food delivered and the ‘heart of the house’ begins to hum with that familiar clamoring of hustle and toil. It begins to smell like a working kitchen as aromatic fragrances loft to the dining room where final adjustments are being made to receive guests. Michael Alton, the food and beverage director, is inspired by a last minute vision of displaying a colorful continental breakfast, at the salad bar, for a morning nosh.
The cooks and I share stories over a spaghetti lunch featuring favorite tomato sauce recipe.
Through all the bustle, I managed to speak with reporters in printed press and radio about the excitement of the new venue and menu. The entire property, from staff to guests, is abuzz with energy of anticipation and change.
We’ve got part of the team getting safety and sanitation training, while another part of the team works on the new carry-out podium and seating area. The podium is an plus for guests who want the tastes of Otis & Henry’s favorites but want to get right back in the action.
As the day ended, the staff bidding each other farewell with high fives, we notice the signs of floor cleaning preparations. With tables moved about and upturned chairs, I walk a final inspection of the space with a sense of pride in our team and their efforts.
Can’t wait to unveil this installment of the Otis & Henry’s experience!
Chef Eric Brenner