Blooming Grove Inn, nestled on a grassy knoll at 234 West Upper Ferry Road in Ewing, near Villa Victoria Academy, is a cozy, neighborhood restaurant. With great food and great service, owner Steve Jordan invites you to come out and enjoy summer evenings dining al fresco in their beautifully landscaped outdoor seating area. “I like how we are on a quiet street, yet accessible from major roads. It is peaceful when dining outside.”
Friday and Saturday nights are even more relaxing with acoustic live music, mainly provided by Larry Tritel or Lovey Williams. “It is background music, always enjoyable and adds to a nice ambience,” describes Jordan. He is looking forward to hosting more wine dinners, scotch tastings and beer dinners, as they have been popular in the past.
Blooming Grove Inn is a restored 150-year-old white clap-board Victorian farmhouse. Jordan retained its homey feel when in 2014 he purchased the former Paulie’s Anna Rose and began massive restorations. Over the course of the year, Jordan transformed the 110-seat restaurant bit by bit. Old carpeting was replaced with hard wood floors, and paneled walls became brick. The bar area now features classic mahogany shelves with amber lights, a fireplace formerly hidden was exposed, and many more changes happened to make it feel as if you are entering someone’s home. Renovations were led by Steve Sr. and master carpenter Mike Bause.
“It is more open. Before, the main entrance was in the back. You didn’t know where to go [when entering the restaurant]. There was a narrow doorway to the bar area. You had to look around for someone to help you. Now we have French doors in the bar area so you can see the whole restaurant.
“I live here. I want people to feel as if they are a guest in my house,” adds Jordan.
Jordan and Chef Mike Sujansky are working together to create a special Fall/Winter menu, which will launch on October 1. The seasonal menu will feature heartier, winter foods, perhaps with some game meat and their acorn squash risotto appetizer.
“Our menu stands out,” Jordan says. We have sea scallops, roasted duck and NY Strip, as well as some of the restaurant standards such as chicken parmesan.” Jordan describes his restaurant as a “casual fine dining American restaurant.”
Jordan has high praise for his staff. Chef Mike “is good at taking things you don’t think go together, but do. It tastes really good.” Julia LaCava, in addition to being the front of house manager, also makes their famous banana cream pie.
Their backyard garden is in full swing for the second year. The tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, and herbs are used in their kitchen.
Reservations are recommended, especially on weekends. The private dining room in Blooming Grove Inn is a homey, warm, perfect place for hosting your next special event.
Visit the website at www.bloominggroveinn.com or call 609-882-1150 for more information.
Blooming Grove Inn, 234 West Upper Ferry Road, Ewing. 609-882-1150. www.bloominggroveinn.com. Hours: Monday to Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 5 to 10 p.m., Sunday 5 to 9 p.m.