Blanketing a vast low-lying stretch of valley along the Mississippi River in East Dubuque, IL, is Frenchtress Lake. Eleazer and Diadamia Frentress, for whom the lake is named, stood hand in hand along its peaceful shores in the early 1800’s. From these waters they drew hope for a better tomorrow. A century later, locals threw into these waters cases of booze before the prohibition agents caught up with them.
Today, at the still peaceful Frentress Lake Marina, Chris Staver has set sail with a new venue concept, the Silver Spoon restaurant. Following a soft opening in July, the grand opening took place in August. Chris cites a simple concept with a simple approach. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients served in a relaxed resort atmosphere, clad in natural elements. He achieved his objective with a beautifully harmonic contrast of natural rolling hills and glistening water reaching toward the sleek glass, cedar, stainless steel interior and walls adorned with modern artwork. Chris is already a favorite in Dubuque as the owner of the Copper Kettle.
Accommodating approximately 200 guests with a large outdoor deck, music, and firelight, the Silver Spoon is warm and inviting. An interesting phenomenon occurred when we were seated. I was admiring the exposed sloping steel ceiling structure and polished concrete floor while counting the multiple television screens when I noticed a single sheet menu. Oh, how I adore the single sheet menu. But wait! This does not mean limited choices. No, Ma’am, it doesn’t.
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