Fire & Grain, the latest restaurant concept at the Hershey Lodge in Derry Township, will open its doors to the public on Thursday, according to Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Co.
The new restaurant was announced in March as a replacement for Lebbie Lebkicher’s, which shut down in January for renovations. Fire & Grain is a contemporary American restaurant that puts a twist on comfort foods.
Located in the main lobby of Hershey Lodge, the new open-kitchen restaurant will serve breakfast favorites, baked pastas, local meat and cheese, flatbreads and more, as well as small plates and appetizers.
The bar will serve an assortment of craft beers, wine and cocktails.
Fire & Grain will be open for breakfast, dinner and drinks.
Hours of operation will be: 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. for breakfast; 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the bar menu; 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. for dinner; and 11 p.m. to midnight is drinks only.
Fire & Grain joins other dining options at the 50-year-old hotel, including Hershey Grill Kitchen Bar, The Bears’ Den and The Forebay restaurants. The hotel also features the Cocoa Cabana snack bar and Cocoa Beanery cafe.
Fire & Grain will have at least two seasonal menus. The opening summer menu on the breakfast side features everything from huevos rancheros and ham, steak and eggs to omelets, pancake dishes and biscuits and sausage gravy with eggs. In addition, there are smoked salmon and fresh fruit platters, house-made granola and yogurt, among other breakfast comforts. The restaurant’s morning drink menu includes yogurt smoothies and other fresh juice blends, as well as bloody mary and mimosa drinks.
For the dinner menu, Fire & Grain is serving up a variety of small plates, including mussels and smoked chorizo, baked macaroni and cheese, buffalo chicken meatballs and a deviled egg trio. There are six kinds of flatbreads on the menu, including a prosciutto and fig, clam, bacon and garlic and garlic roasted mushroom. There are four salad dishes, three pastas, including a baked seafood mac and cheese, and six other entrees. That list runs the gamut of proteins from chicken breast and salmon to strip steak, short rib and veal and pork meatballs.
The breakfast menu ranges in price from about $10 to $17 per entree. The dinner menu ranges from $8 to $10 for small plates; $12 to $14 for flatbreads; $9 to $15 for salads; about $20 for pasta dishes; and other entrees vary between $16 and $34.
Fire & Grain also has an extensive cocktail menu with Hershey-inspired martinis and other seasonal creations, plus desserts.
Executive sous chef Tom Moran said the goal of the new lodge restaurant, which has been in development for about two years, was to create a place where groups of people can come hang out and share several small plates. The menu has a little something for everyone and follows the growing trend of sourcing local ingredients where possible.
Creating the restaurant from scratch, rather than just changing the menu of an existing restaurant, helped Hershey Lodge staff implement new standards that could inspire menu concepts at other on-site restaurants, he said.