A renovated, upscale atmosphere and a professionally crafted "American Steakhouse" menu awaits diners at the new Chateau de Vue Restaurant at the Cherokee Golf & Country Club, scheduled to officially open in early June.
The restaurant will be open to the public and will be operated by Hy-Vee, which is leasing the facility from the Country Club. The restaurant will feature a French theme with fine linens and china, but the food will be American Steakhouse fare, with an extended beverage offering, including imported beers and wines.
Hy-Vee Food Store Director Tim Haupert has summoned two talented Cherokee Washington High graduates back to serve as chefs for the operation. They are Executive Chef David Hyndman, and Sous Chef Megan Gravenish.
Hyndman, 24, a 2004 WHS grad, comes home to Cherokee after graduating from the Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute in St. Paul, Minn. and working as Chef at Bravo Cucina Italiana in Des Moines.
Gravenish, 23, graduated from WHS in 2005, graduated from the Iowa Culinary Institute in Ankeny, and previously worked as Chef at the Des Moines Golf & Country Club.
The Chateau de Vue will operate year-around from 4-9 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and will serve a Sunday Brunch from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., closing on Mondays. The Lounge will be open daily until midnight, according to Haupert.
The entire operation will be in the upper level of the Club House, with the lower bar and level used only for over-flow events, said Haupert.
"Our goal is to be a vibrant part of this community," said Haupert. "We've really fixed the place up and there is lots of potential out here for special and private events. Our hope is to attract people to town and appeal to golfers and diners throughout the area."
Haupert said Hy-Vee is responsible for the lease and all expenses incurred with the operation. In addition, Hy-Vee staff will collect green fees on behalf of the Country Club and man the upstairs Lounge for golfers and diners. Lunch menu items also will be available for golfers in the bar, said Haupert.
"This is going to be an upscale operation without the upscale price," added Haupert. "We will be competitive with other restaurants and steakhouses."
The Chateau will offer a full steakhouse menu including steaks, seafood, pasta, salads, sandwiches, and all beverages, all highlighted by the culinary skills of Hyndman and Gravenish who promise to bring special touches and flavors to their fine cuisine.
The idea for Hy-Vee to work with the Cherokee Golf & Country Club was conceived by Haupert and Taylor Ward, Hy-Vee's Human Resources Director.
"The two of us did the design and planning for the Chateau de Vue," explained Haupert. "I looked at it as a challenge and an achievement to help this community and attract people to the golf course and restaurant. We will have special events to promote and showcase this wonderful golf course and the Chateau. We anticipate attracting people from a wide area."
Some special and/or private events also will be hosted by the Club and Chateau in May to allow the staff to continue "working the kinks out" before a Grand Opening and Cherokee Chamber of Commerce Red Ribbon Cutting early in June.
The Cherokee Golf & Country Club's signature event - the annual Sioux Valley Amateur Men's Match-Play Golf Tournament - is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 19-20, with qualifying rounds beginning Saturday, June 12 through Friday, June 18.
As they have for 75 years, an estimated 250 golfers and their families from across the Midwest will again be exposed to the beloved "Sioux Valley Am" and, for the first time, to the Chateau de Vue - from all indications a superb addition to a renowned Cherokee landmark.