Tommy B’s takes over site of Hobart’s Country Lounge
By Karen Caffarini Post-Tribune correspondent June 9, 2013 5:12PM
Tommy B's will be the new restaurant in the location formerly occupied by Country Lounge in Hobart. | Carole Carlson~Post-Tribune
Updated: July 11, 2013 6:11AM
HOBART--The former Country Lounge has reopened with new owners, a new name, new menu and a new urban chic look with a nautical theme.
Tommy B’s Steakhouse opened in the 80-year-old building at 3700 Montgomery St. that long housed the iconic Country Lounge restaurant a couple weeks ago under owners Barb Sexton, Thomas McDermott Sr. and Sam and Kathy Werkena.
They also own another Tommy B’s restaurant in Valparaiso, at 13 E. Lincolnway. That restaurant opened in March.
“This was a well-known restaurant that had been closed for a while. The owners wanted to take it over,” Miranda Manes, manager of the Hobart eatery, said.
She said the new restaurant, which allows smoking in the bar area, is for people 21 and older.
She said a lot of the Country Lounge regulars have been making Tommy B’s their new stop.
One of the regulars, who didn’t want to give his name, said the restaurant decor looked like something TV personality Chef Ramsey would have created.
“It looks like something you’d see in Chicago,” the customer said of the seating area in the bar portion, which had cozy black chairs positioned around tables in a conversational format.
The enclosed entrance area now includes patio seating, and there is a banquet area that seats up to 50.
Hobart Building official Mike Hannigan said the restaurant is in the process of installing handicapped ramps and will have handicapped restrooms too.
Chef Chris Harpel, who was lured to the region from Indianapolis, said menu highlights include 21-day aged Angus beef and fresh seafood. He said grilled asparagus and bacon Brussels sprouts have become favorite side dishes of customers, with crab cakes and fillet bites the top appetizers.
Manes described the upscale restaurant’s menu as having steak and seafood specialties with a Caribbean twist.
“We use a lot of fruit to make sweet sauces, including pineapple and strawberry,” Manes said.
Appetizers range from about $9 for a smoked salmon platter to $12 for fillet bites. Main dishes range from about $10 for a pasta dish to $26 for ribeye steak. There also is pub fare, including sandwiches that range from $8 to $12.
There are nightly specials and live entertainment in the bar area Thursday through Saturday nights, Manes said.
The restaurant hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
For information, call Tommy B’s Steakhouse at (219) 945-3930.