New Homewood Fine Dining Restaurant Will Have Worldly Cuisine

The Cottage on Dixie will feature a monthly rotational menu with each month focusing on a different part of the world.

Several new details on Homewood’s upcoming fine dining restaurant, The Cottage on Dixie, were revealed by owner Glenna Elvery during .

A general manager, chef and assistant manager have all been hired, according to Elvery, but the names of all three are still under wraps in order to protect the security of their current jobs.  Despite the secrecy, however, Elvery said the general manager has five years experience and the head chef has ran six previous restaurants.

“We are going to be a very expensive restaurant,” Elvery said. “Our food is all gourmet. It’s as locally grown as it can be. The meats that we use will be pastured so that you’re not getting all those lovely things they put in meat anymore.”

The Cottage on Dixie is taking an interesting, perhaps bold concept on their menu. Rather than confining themselves to a set cuisine, Elvery says the restaurant will take on a broader scope.

“Every month, we’re going to be shifting to a different part of the world,” Elvery said. “You’re going to get all kinds of variety from us.”

The first world cuisine in focus? French.

Elvery said the Cottage on Dixie is going to be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day. She made specific note of the intended Sunday brunch, which, she says, is a rarity in the area.

“I hope that, after the first two months, we’ll be reservation only,” Elvery said. “Our ultimate goal is to attract people from the city to come out here.”

The restaurant is tentatively opening around October or November.

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Candi July 10, 2012 at 08:06 PM
This news is very disappointing... It is unfortunate that the owner chose to say that they will be very expensive because it will keep a lot of people from ever walking in. Slamming the south suburbs by saying we don't have good brunch choices available isn't real wise either. A name like The Cottage doesn't exactly denote a fine dining establishment in my mind. It sounds much more like it would be another Blueberry Hill type of restaurant. And if this restaurant wants to attract city people maybe they should have located closer to the city because I just can't imagine city folks coming out here with all the dining experiences available in the city. I hope they take note of what people have said and adapt to please the south suburbs where they have been given tax incentives to locate. I would hate to see another vacant building. Bona fortuna!
Juvenal July 10, 2012 at 09:01 PM
"The Cottage" was the name of probably the last true fine dining restaurant in the southeast suburbs (Cal City) which closed in the early 90s. Plenty of people travel to Gabriel's in Highwood , Tallgrass in Lockport, and (back in the day) le Francais in Wheeling. If the restaurant is good enough, patrons will come. There is a whole other level of dining experience beyond the Glenwood Oaks and Genos of the world, and there's nothing wrong with wanting to have something like that close to home -- and there are still plenty of people around who can afford it. I'm just afraid they are inexperienced owners letting some chef get too carried away with the rotating menu concept. First build a core menu, and a loyal clientele, then add the frou frou.... Oh, and get a good sommelier while you're at it......
SHUSSBAR July 10, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Agree with Juvenal. Rotating menu, monthly.. not sure about that. People here seem to be talkimg about Glenwood Oaks as fine dinning??? Food is OK but it s not fine dinning . There is no secret : perfect ingredients to make perfect dishes served by professional staff will cost you.
Gogigi July 11, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Wow!! Homewood is hot!!! And we should be! So many of you picked up on the "expensive" phrase and the fact that the owners are looking to attract "city" patrons who didn't donate a dime to put them in business. It's our TIF money that provided a seed for your business -- what we want is a comfortable, affordable restaurant to take our family and friends. When you take someone's money, shouldn't you also service their needs?
AK July 11, 2012 at 03:02 AM
I completely agree. I lived in the city for most of my life and since moving out here have been DYING for a place like this to eat. Good food and good service are not cheap, that's just a fact, and if people think that Glenwood Oaks and Belagio are "fine dining" they are hugely mistaken. I truly hope The Cottage is successful, I'm tired of going downtown every time I want good food. I'd rather spend my money in my own community.
Barrington July 11, 2012 at 04:04 AM
My wife and I moved to olympia fields from the south loop 4 years ago. And I have to say that fine dining and high end retail is definitely lacking out here. Of course it's going to be expensive. Not everyone wants to make every meal a family outing and bring the kids when dining out all of the time. It would be nice not to have to drive all the way out to another affluent area like orland park to get a real fine dining experience. And there are plenty of professionals living in flossmoor, olympia fields, homewood, matteson, and as far south as crete that will welcome another fine dining option of this caliber. And it beats driving to orland. Hopefully we see more of this. There is plenty of affluence out here to support upscale dining of this caliber. I love french cuisine and will be sure to dine there as soon as they open.
Joseph M. Spretnjak July 11, 2012 at 04:24 AM
I kinda feel sorry for Ms. Elvery. An upscale, fine dining type joint doesn't stand a chance in this community. She's attempting an exercise in futility! I do, however, wish her the very best. jms
Worthy July 11, 2012 at 04:37 AM
I would agree and disagree. The fact that orland park has plenty of fine fine dining options and many people from out here drive all the way out to orland park just to get a nice meal or have an upscale date night. I've been in nice restaurants in orland park like cooper's hawk and could clearly see that much of the clientele probably lived closer to out here than orland park just by looking at how racially diverse the patrons were. It's not a question of is there enough demand but whether that demand living out here still prefers driving out to orland park for every single thing that is nice. Whether it be a nice meal, to buy nice clothes, luxury cars, quality entertainment, or whatever.
PD July 11, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Visit Bella Vita for your retail needs! Conveniently located on Dixie Highway!
The Cottage on Dixie July 11, 2012 at 03:49 PM
First and foremost I would like to thank everyone for their excitement and interest about The Cottage on Dixie. In response to several comments, we would like to clarify what The Cottage on Dixie will be. We are not going to be a “very expensive restaurant”. However, it is not our intension to be a “discount restaurant”. Our vision is to focus on the quality, preparation, and care of our food, and providing excellent service to the community. As a part of this community, we have spent years listening to the dining needs of the south suburbs, and look forward to fulfilling those wishes! As for our menu, we will have a core menu best described as “Artisanal American Cuisine”. In addition, monthly specials will be offered that represent classical cuisines such as French, Spanish, Italian, Caribbean, etc. These are the cuisines that have inspired the “Artisanal American Cuisine”. We are delighted to address your comments and questions via email: thecottageondixie@gmail.com or follow our progress on Facebook. –The Cottage on Dixie
Vince Stillo July 11, 2012 at 04:15 PM
The comment about "Being Expensive" I don't think is an advertising plan. I think it is a quote taken out of context by an irresponsible journalist. It seems like it was plucked from the meeting minutes and shows lack of professional restraint and any review of context...
Juvenal July 11, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Thanks this clears up a lot. Best of luck on your new venture.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Editor) July 11, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Vince, you can watch the video of Homewood's June 26 Village Board meeting on television for yourself and see the quote is precise and completely within context. My above comment goes into more detail about the source of the quotes.
Genvieve LaChappele July 12, 2012 at 01:33 AM
This is going to be very interesting! Too bad it isn't just her risk. How much are the taxpayers in this for? Or did no money ever go to this gal?
Genvieve LaChappele July 12, 2012 at 01:37 AM
By the way I hope this place does very well and employs as many people as possible.
Linda T July 13, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Thank you for clarifying!
Mary July 16, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Good Luck to you Glenna! The restaurant looks like it is going to be beautiful and I look forward to dining there!!
frank glio July 18, 2012 at 04:43 PM
lets see>>>very expensive,wants people from the city, what does that mean?...people from south suburbs not good enough>>>>what about balaggio,fresh starts, mr bennys....i think those are good restaurants....and to make statement that people are hired already to protect jobs...not very good business ethics....wonder who they got....let the rumors begin...did they hire the chef from fresh starts,the manager from mr bennys or balaggio...going to be interesting/??
Mary Olson July 21, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Welcome Cottage on Dixie!!! And thank you for NOT having a low-moderately priced similar menu that would compete with my local Homewood favorite restaurants. Thank you for bringing people outside of our neighborhood to spend money in Homewood, for creating new JOBS and giving Homewood an "upscale" and trendy restaurant. Combined with our fabulous golf courses, new boutique hotel and shopping venues......places like your restaurant can only help our property values, and hold steady our prop taxes thanks to more $$$ being spent in Homewood!
Mary Olson July 21, 2012 at 08:48 PM
I need to add I also personally think the menu is brilliant. It sounds like there will be a "core" finer dining menu, but then unique monthly "experiences" type of cuisine as well from around the world. I couldn't afford to dine out at a place like this several times a week, but it sounds like an interesting and unique treat and way to expand my palate horizons now and again without the drive and high parking fees of going downtown. If all else fails, I think of my property values. Homewood has been doing an excellent job (again just my opinion) of bringing in the type of diversified retail establishment that have people other than just Homewood residents coming into our community to spend money. From Best Buy, TJ Maxx, Petco, JoAnn, Party City, Buffalo Wild Wings, Panera Bread, Grape and Grains, to soon a boutique hotel and hopefully down the line a Trader Joe's. Not to mention all the jobs these establishments bring with them. If you would like to see your property values increase, your property taxes go down (thanks to the tax base from Homewood businesses), more jobs, and our community become an even more desirable hidden gem of the SW Burbs........and maybe even a "shock" become a charming destination point with great golf courses, boutique hotels and shopping, right on the train line with new cars :) and yes fine dining.....we need to welcome whole heartedly The Cottage on Dixie.
SouthSide Foodie July 25, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Poaching the night manager, assistant manager, and cook/chef from one of the longest operating fine dining restaurants in the area is not the way to start your business. Competition is great, but ethical business practices are the foundation of sustained growth and success.
SouthSide Foodie July 25, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Good guess Frank. Glenna actually poached all the staff from the same restaurant. Looks like you will have to start with your favorite in two weeks to see who is gone!
Phillip Rosenberg July 27, 2012 at 03:42 AM
I for one am looking forward to a new exciting dining experience in the area and can't wait for the opening!. Sounds like "southside foodie" is a bit "salty" to say the least. Although I have no experience in the business aspect of restaurants, I would venture to say that those involved may have some desire to start something new... Perhaps they have good reason? Good luck to all and I look forward to trying it out!
DJ Morgan August 13, 2012 at 11:50 PM
So, whose staff did they poach? Maybe we should all be eating there NOW?
Kate Duff August 14, 2012 at 12:25 AM
I have to confess, I don't understand the statement about poaching (although I do appreciate the choice of a culinary metaphor). Is there an industry in the country in which top performers are not courted with offers to join a different company? Are the staff in question breaking a contract they had with their previous employer? Were they blackmailed or coerced into leaving? If not, then I don't see where the ethical line is crossed. It's the right of any business to put out an attractive offer in order to hire good workers, and it's the right of those workers to accept it if they want to do so. I understand that feelings about friendship and loyalty may sway people away from handling a situation as a purely business transaction, but that's a personal choice -- I don't think it should be an expectation.
DJ Morgan August 14, 2012 at 12:46 AM
personally I repeated the word "poached" from earlier posts, assuming that it is the same caliber restaurant, I am suggesting, that while the cottage wont be open for months, we have other fine dining options to take advantage of now.
Kate Duff August 14, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Oh, I realized that, DJ -- I was musing on the original comment too. Probably should have posted in reply to it, rather than your comment. Sorry!
Juvenal August 14, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I like the poached restaurant, but they needed changes too; that place has a 1995 menu and 1985 decor (harsh lighting, too much honey oak & hideous colors) and you feel like a trespasser there after 9pm most nights; its customer base has been aging faster than Dorian Grey's portrait. Hopefully they will step up their game now.
Juvenal August 14, 2012 at 02:46 PM
I like the poached restaurant, but they needed changes too; that place has a 1995 menu and 1985 decor (harsh lighting, too much honey oak & hideous colors) and you feel like a trespasser there after 9pm most nights; its customer base has been aging faster than Dorian Grey's portrait. Hopefully they will step up their game now.
Dan January 19, 2013 at 07:17 PM
I won't eat there now that I heard that said that. Not even open and down a customer! Good luck idiots


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