Bar Dough Is Turning Into Olive Backyard for One Night time Solely — No Joke


April Fools’ Day is developing, which implies it’s worthwhile to be looking out for tricksters — however this April 1 occasion isn’t any joke. Bar Dough, the restaurant at 2227 West thirty second Avenue that serves among the finest fashionable Italian meals within the metropolis, is remodeling into the nation’s best-known Italian chain, full with hen parm, Alfredo and (possibly) endless breadsticks and salad. No phrase on whether or not the Tour of Italy will make an look.

“Let’s simply say, if you happen to come on April 1, you gained’t be dissatisfied,” says government chef Russell Stippich, who needs to maintain among the OG (get it?) shenanigans beneath wraps till friends arrive.

The previous two years have been extremely disturbing for these within the restaurant trade. Stippich was among the many hospitality professionals who just lately shared their reflections on the pandemic with Westword because the state marked the two-year anniversary of the primary indoor-dining shutdown on March 17. He’d simply moved into the executive-chef position at Bar Dough when the pandemic began, and he had to assist information a brand-new-to-him workforce by means of the hardest two years the trade has ever confronted.

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Hen parm will probably be on the menu.

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“They’ve labored so arduous to rise to all of the challenges that the pandemic regularly introduced,” he notes. “Now that we’re seeing slightly gentle on the finish of the tunnel as we transfer towards the summer time, a particular night time that welcomes in our neighborhood that’s lighthearted and slightly rowdy appears good.”

Stippich insists that this April Fools’ occasion isn’t any dig on the chain. “Individuals love Olive Backyard! Simply because Bar Dough’s Italian is refined and conventional, it doesn’t imply that we don’t have so much in frequent,” he says. “The core of what the Olive Backyard strives for, with their visitor expertise, is similar as ours: We each need folks to come back in and loosen up, be effectively taken care of and to create recollections. If something, we’re poking a little bit of enjoyable at ourselves and the way critically we take the meals we make. This night time, and the weeks main as much as planning it, is a enjoyable manner for our workforce to blow off slightly steam and have a variety of enjoyable collectively.”

Reservations for the April 1 “Olive Backyard” dinner can be found from 4:30 to 10 p.m. on Tock. A $15 deposit per visitor will probably be deducted out of your remaining verify.


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