Self-taught local chef Ryan Steffensmeier recently left the Safety Harbor dining scene for Dunedin, where he and co-owners Gary Gray and Kevin Soloninka are set to open Parlor House Bistro.
Taking over the 2,800-square-foot Weathersfield Commons space last occupied by the Galley pizzeria, the restaurant at 1757 Main St. will specialize in American-French cuisine, seating 150 guests inside and out among its white tablecloths and New Orleans vibe.
Look forward to French staples featuring a modern twist, many of which call for Cajun and Creole ingredients, that Steffensmeier said he has been perfecting for quite some time. Other options will be house-made pastries, creme brulee flights and create-your-own crepes, along with a rotating menu of daily specials.
The executive chef and co-owner, who has worked in restaurants since age 15 and was previously the executive chef at Safety Harbor French eatery Parts of Paris, uses heavy French influence and modern techniques to pull off his grub without skimping on presentation. He said he hopes to make Parlor House Bistro a destination restaurant in Dunedin, and in Florida and beyond.
“I want to bring an upscale yet casual, fun restaurant that serves the best food around that people want to eat at two, three times a week,” Steffensmeier said.
As for the bar, chef-inspired cocktails and wines and beers on tap are anticipated, including Tampa Bay labels.
Parlor House Bistro has targeted an opening of mid-November.