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Handke’s Cuisine Presents “encore”

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Handke’s Cuisine Presents “encore”

Offering cuisine in the manner and quality for which the restaurant is world-renowned, Handke’s Cuisine announces the opening of “encore.”  “encore” presents a small-plate menu that allows guests to experience a variety of global tastes at lower prices than the Zagat-rated, AAA Four Diamond restaurant.

Executive Chef Asa J. Rodriguez has designed plates which guests are encouraged to mix and match playfully.  Chef’s menu is casual and affordable, but at a fine dining standard.   In extending the offerings of Handke’s Cuisine, Chef Rodriguez said he uses “the highest quality ingredients, simply prepared, letting the food speak for itself.”

“Our clients and our neighbors in the Brewery District have asked when we might reopen what was formerly “Bistro 520 at Handke’s Cuisine,” said owners Tim and Lorie Phalen. “We’re excited to present “encore” to them.  “encore” is a gathering place for the community to entertain friends, family and clients in a less formal atmosphere than Handke’s Cuisine, but with the same attention to detail and commitment to our clients’ highest expectations.”

Some of the menu items offered are: a quartet of miniature black angus burgers with caramelized onions, cheddar cheese and bell pepper ketchup; miniature lamb burgers with tzatziki and fontina cheese; a Cuban “smash” sandwich with pork, ham, swiss cheese, Dijon mustard and whole dill pickles; stuffed barbeque glazed quail with a mixed green salad; Handke’s Cajun-seasoned shrimp with bleu cheese dressing and a romaine chiffonade; country pate with pistachio, sweet breads, foie gras and veal with a navy bean ragout.

encore is located at 520 S. Front Street, upstairs at Handke’s Cuisine in the former Schlee brewery in the historic Brewery District of German Village. Encore is open from 4:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., Monday through Saturday; the kitchen closes at 11:00 p.m. For information, please call (614) 744-2411.

The Phalens, Chef Rodriguez and staff invite you to relax and enjoy the hidden gem of Columbus, where a small town’s history meets a classical global food and service sensibility.

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