We have known and admired Kassidy and Michael Andrus since they were teenagers working long hours bussing tables and slinging drinks at the Washington Inn.
So, when we heard they’d bought a supper club, we stopped by to wish them well. We’ve been back a few times since then, drawn by the warm atmosphere and excellent food.
We popped in Saturday night for dinner.
Like she does with just about everyone who walks through the door, Kassidy greeted us by name and asked specific questions about our friends and family as she slid coasters on the bar and made some pretty accurate guesses as to our drink order. Kassidy, who started working in restaurants when she was in high school, runs a bar with a necessary but still astonishing combination of competence and good cheer.
She can shake a martini with one eye on front-door traffic and the other on the cash register, while chatting with a young couple sitting at the bar, nodding at another who has just walked in and directing her fellow bartender (Michael’s Aunt Jamie) to a hidden bottle of raspberry vodka.
Meanwhile, Michael, who got his start when he was 14-years old clearing tables and running plates, works his magic in the kitchen. We didn’t get to see him (because it was a busy night) on this trip, but we did get to taste his food and it is delicious.
Kassidy’s Studio Lounge offers an old school supper club experience with meals that include soup, salad, warm bread and cheese spreads and crackers. In addition to regular supper club fare like prime rib and chicken, Michael makes a delicious salmon. The first time I ordered it, it came with a tasty mango salsa, the second time with a yogurt dill sauce. Vince ordered parmesan scallops on our first trip to the Studio and the prime rib Saturday night.
We really enjoyed our meals and the friendly atmosphere we have found each time we’ve been there.
It’s been fun to cheer on Kassidy and Michael through some busy exciting years — courtship, marriage, two cute children and now an eponymous business.
We highly recommend Kassidy’s Studio Lounge and Dining for its upscale food and friendly atmosphere.