Guess who’s serving dinner!


After much planning and preparation, Kool Bean Café in Ocean View now has four nights of dinners on the menu, with a hoped-for start date for dinner service at the end of September.

Chef Ronnie Burkle said they now have their liquor license and plan on offering a simple seasonal dinner menu Thursday through Sunday, in addition to breakfast and lunch daily.

Burkle said they have wanted to do dinner for a while and that it was always on the horizon as the next step for the business to take.

“I’ve been here four years, and I’ve always wanted to do it,” he said. “And customers would always ask, ‘When are you going to do dinner?’”

Kool Bean has always stayed busy with breakfast, lunch and the catering of dinners, but this will be the first time they will offer a full dinner menu in-house.

Entrées will range from a $16 chili-dusted salmon with fall fruit chutney to a $24 blue cheese-encrusted filet medallion trio with a red-eye demi-glaze and wild mushroom ragout. Other entrees include a Chesapeake crabcake with Old Bay and lemon aioli; a fresh catch with zucchini, tomatoes, garlic and a white wine nage; peasant’s cioppino (clams, mussels, shrimp, fresh catch, crab and crostini in a savory broth); and Chicken Tuscana with sun dried tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and basil pesto.

Having recently obtained their liquor license, they will also have a full-service bar available.

“We’ll have six different types of beer, 10 different red wines and 10 different white wines to start, plus top-shelf liquor,” said Burkle.

The food will have a French/Italian flare, bistro-style.

“It should be a lot of fun,” he said.

Burkle, who had classic culinary training at the Art Institute of Philadelphia and has worked in restaurants all his life, is most excited about being able to create new menus that will change with the seasons. He plans on using local ingredients when they’re available and thrives on making the freshest dishes possible. All of the soups, sauces and desserts, pizza dough, pasta and breads are made at Kool Bean.

Manager Greg Gilmour, new to the Kool Bean family this summer, said he is “hugely excited” about this new dinner adventure and is looking forward to pairing wine and food together with the help of Burkle.

The 47-seat restaurant, located across from Lord Baltimore Elementary School and adjacent to the Coastal Point and Mattress Masters, is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Sundays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and will be serving dinner from 5 to 9 or 9:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. For more information, call (302) 541-5377 or visit the Web site at www.koolbean.com.