Previously known as Trattoria di Carlo and serving an Italian menu, the restaurant at the Racine, Wis., property, which no longer has a separate name, now offers traditional American fare. The club is also offering a dining membership.
Meadowbrook Country Club in Racine, Wis., has changed the menu at its public restaurant and launched an all-new dinner membership program, the Racine-based Journal Times reported.
Since 2011, when the club was reopened under new ownership after a bankruptcy, it ran a public restaurant that was named Trattoria di Carlo. But recently, Meadowbrook top officials said, the club mutually parted ways with Trattoria founder Carlo Pedrone, who has his own restaurant in Oak Creek. The club removed the Trattoria name and switched to a simpler, much more American menu, the Journal Times reported.
“It started drifting away from Italian,” said Skip Theuring, the club’s part-owner and President. Customers had been asking for more than just Italian dishes, wanting a more varied, country club-type menu with more traditional American fare, he said, adding that there are 15 Italian restaurants within a 5-mile radius, the Journal Times reported.
“It wasn’t fair to keep his name on there,” said General Manager Jason Samuelian. Now the restaurant has no separate name, the Journal Times reported.
Parting ways with Pedrone was “totally amicable,” Theuring said. And, with the departure from an all-Italian menu, the club’s former Executive Chef, Joel Harloff, left to join Pedrone in Oak Creek. In place of the previous Italian menu is a new one put together by long-time club cook Felipe Luis-Antonio, who worked under both Pedrone and Harloff, restaurant manager Dave Huck and banquet manager Michael Steinkopf. Greatly simplified, everything but the pizza listings fits on a single, folded, 8 ½- by 11-inch sheet of paper, the Journal Times reported.
The new menu offers appetizers, “MCC wings,” salads, sandwiches, entrees and pizzas. The club was very sensitive to the buying power of the Racine-area population and priced its dishes accordingly. For example, all but three of the dozen sandwiches sell for $9. The most expensive is the open-face steak sandwich, priced at $11. The priciest entrees are the 8-ounce filet mignon and 12-ounce ribeye steak, which sell for $23 each, the Journal Times reported.
All menu items are available throughout the day and evening. The club now has three all-you-can eat evening specials: tacos on Wednesdays, fried chicken on Thursdays, and fish on Fridays. Saturday is prime rib-special day, although not all one can consume, the Journal Times reported.
Meadowbrook also just launched a new dining membership. The club had one previously, for $300, but kept that money. Now, however, the member pays $300—and immediately gets a house account for that amount of food and drink. In addition, the membership includes two annual opportunities to play the golf course (at member guest fees), four free days at the pool and invitations to all club parties and events, the Journal Times reported.
“We would like to grow the dining business,” Samuelian said. The new dining membership is an attempt to do that, he said, while still keeping the feeling of a private country club, the Journal Times reported.
The owners and operators of Meadowbrook also want to increase its banquet business. It is one of the few Racine-area venues that can seat up to 300 people, and it has the golf course that can be a scenic setting for wedding photos, the Journal Times reported.