May 13, 2009
Tre to tweak its menu

Local foodies have an unlikely find in Tre restaurant on Howe Ave. This location was a longtime El Torito outlet - oh, the chain restaurant horror! - before being gutted and refurbished by the Haines brothers (Matt and Fred). Since opening six months ago as a nightclub and dining spot, Tre has won its share of accolades for a diverse and well-executioned menu that spans Italian, French and even Cajun cooking.

But come June 1, Tre is changing its menu. The restaurant will morph into a bar and grill with plenty of American comfort food. So why change the menu if it wasn't broken? Seems that Tre was getting two distinct crowds: those who showed up early for fine dining, and the later crowd that wanted to groove to the latest club bangers. And these crowds weren't overlapping the way Tre's managament hoped they would.

"People in the beginning would love our food, but they wouldn't come back for it," says Tre general manager Joseph Hechmi. "Our food was made for the more sophisticated diner, so we decided to go more mainstream but still contemporary. We want people in the club to feel comfortable as well. We're going toward ribs and chicken, but everything will be made from scratch."

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