RIDGEWAY — In October 2014, a small restaurant opened in Ridgeway called the Olde Town Hall. A year later, it has become a local favorite and is drawing people from out of town on a regular basis.
Owner Angelina Surina can be found at her restaurant each day greeting guests and ensuring her establishment lives up to its stellar reputation.
At first glance, the Olde Town Hall looks a bit out of place. Fine dining in a small town? It looks a bit fancy on Palmer Street, across from the old Ruff Hardware Store.
Don’t let the looks fool you, though. The staff is welcoming. Guests are greeted as friends and treated to remarkable dishes that are as good as grandma’s.
Surina started working as a document technologist and just felt that it wasn’t her place. She knew she enjoyed working in the restaurant industry, and her family has done well in the business.
So when the doors opened to the Olde Town Hall a year ago, Surina expected to be successful and has been.
“I’d like to see more success,” she said.
She puts in long hours to ensure her establishment has the best possible food, service and atmosphere.
Surina’s goal has been to bring a new kind of atmosphere to her customers.
“I’m trying to bring the color here,” she said. “It’s classy and you feel like you’re in New York City. Bring for the small town something bigger so people can try a different atmosphere.”
While the restaurant does have that big city feel, there’s a history about the building as well that feels like home.
The atmosphere isn’t the only thing that brings out that feeling of home. Chef Michael Breedt has partnered with Surina in designing a menu that features plenty of home-style favorites as well as new spins on classic dishes and seasonal specials.
Being October, the menu currently features several German dishes and drinks. Surina also strives to keep a quality selection of spirits to quench any thirst that may come up.
Reach James Inabinet at 803-635-4016.