Restaurant Roundup: Chef April & Chef Jeni’s open house, new summer menu items

July 3, 2019

Chef April Austin has moved her longtime cake-making business out of the former Callaway’s building, which is becoming a new location for Look’s Market. Cakes & Confections by Chef April is now sharing the kitchen with Chef Jeni & Company, a catering business at 3638 S. Southeastern Ave. They’re having an open house from 5:30 to 8 p.m. July 24 with “savories, sweets and sips.”

Escape 605 has started the Monday Mug Club. Get a mug filled with beer for $5, and bring it back every Monday through August to get it refilled and save $1 on any drink. Each week, the downtown entertainment venue, which features ax-throwing and other games, will invite a food truck to park outside on 10th Street. The event runs from 4:30 to 10 p.m.

The Original Pancake House has new menu items for summer that are available weekdays. Go light with the Strawberry Summer Salad, OPH Wedge Salad or avocado toast and eggs. The Heavenly Scramble features three scrambled eggs mixed with melted cream cheese and chives and a choice of pancakes or toast. For a twist on eggs Benedict, the Filet Benedict tops a toasted English muffin with two beef tenderloin fillets, basted eggs and sweet cream hollandaise sauce. It’s served with hash browns. The Hippity Chicken is a Greek-marinated chicken gyro served open-faced on a pita with tomato, cucumber, onion, parsley and tzatziki sauce, and a choice of side. The restaurant near 41st and Kiwanis also has started serving locally made Stensland Family Farms ice cream.

Now that OG Greens has been operating for a little over a month, the restaurant in the Jones421 Building downtown has added catering. The catering options feed at least 10 people. Diners will get to build their own trays. The meal includes OG’s house blend of greens, up to seven toppings, two grains, a protein choice and salad dressings.

The Sioux Falls Pork Crawl will introduce diners to the variety of menu options with pork at local restaurants. The South Dakota Pork Producers is hosting the traveling meal July 16 at three downtown venues. Diners will eat at Myers’ Deli & More, Bread & Circus Sandwich Kitchen and Fernson Downtown. Guests will dine with South Dakota pork producers, who can answer questions about their family farms and today’s pork production practices. The event runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by calling 605-332-1600, emailing or visiting

The Bonus Round Bar is giving customers more time to play pinball and arcade games and drink craft beer. It’s opening three hours earlier Monday through Saturday – at noon. On Sundays, it opens at 2 p.m. The bar at 803 S. Cliff Ave. is in the process of opening a second location downtown.

Blue 42 Sports Grill in Hartford will be closed for remodeling and repairs in the bar and dining areas and updates to the kitchen. It will be closed Thursday through Tuesday. The expanded bar area will have several additional TVs for sports viewing. The full face-lift for the dining room will include expanded seating for large groups. A new entrance will make it possible for families to avoid walking through the bar. Blue 42 also is releasing an updated menu with several new entrees, affordable pricing on current menu favorites and daily specials. The restaurant also will feature fried chicken once a week and is adding desserts, including ice cream. New hours for the dining room are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The bar will open daily at 11 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight Friday and Saturday. Both areas will stay open later for large groups.

For more news from the local dining scene, visit our Food & Drink section. 

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