Some readers may remember Steve Lorenze’s Old Mill Club that operated in the ’80s where Kegler’s is now. They may not know that that supper club was the inspiration for Stefano’s, which is also named for Steve.

Stefano’s has won Best Fine Dining for five years running. Owner Jerry Lorenze attributes that to quality food served up at reasonable prices, a dedicated staff, and lots of hard work. “And customers like the atmosphere—the intimate setting with a seating capacity of about 70,” he says. “We have specials nightly and a piano player Friday and Saturday nights, so it’s a little bit different twist than other restaurants in town.”

Lorenze thanks Head Chef Chris McDonald for a great run as he moves on to other ventures; McDonald has been with Stefano’s since the restaurant opened. And he welcomes Teddy Smith, Stefano’s original head chef, back to the kitchen in February 2018. — PK

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