Master Chef Steve London and Scott Curry prepare a flaming dish at the Crossing restaurant opening this week at the bridge in Soldotna
A new restaurant at a very familiar location opens in Soldotna this week. The landmark site of a former homestead cabin across the Soldotna bridge that became a popular watering hole known as the “Night Watch”, was re-built and called the Tides Inn will open Thursday as “The Crossing.” The owners, Scott and Cherie Curry, purchased the property last December and since the first of the year have been working round the clock remodeling the structure to prepare for a spring opening. The results are an Alaskan elegance and comfortable ambiance unrivaled anywhere on the Kenai Peninsula. “We’re very proud of the way it’s turned out, it’s been a major effort. A lot of people have worked really hard and the results have exceeded our expectations,” commented Cherie.
Cherie and Scott Curry owners of the new Crossing restaurant at the bridge in Soldotna, that will feature live music
Cherie graduated from Kenai Central High School and is well known for her musical talents as a clarinetist so when she envisioned the remodel of the Crossing it was only natural to feature a musical theme with flowing water art that, “Brings a little of the river inside.” A beautiful new baby grand piano highlights the all new décor and Cherie hopes to feature live music nightly. The Crossing can seat 175 people and Curry feels the unique restaurant will ultimately make the Crossing a destination for visitors and travelers between Anchorage and Homer. “Like many of the great restaurants in the state our goal is to become a destination where everyone will plan to come to, or stop off at. Our intention was to add a lot of elegance to the building and feature its natural surroundings without being too gaudy about it. So we left the linen off the tables to enjoy the natural warmth of the wood tables and we’re featuring great foods with premium liquor and wines while not being snooty about it,” explained Scott.
Scott Curry hails from California where he spent over 20 years in the restaurant business and moved to Alaska to marry his old friend, Cherie, two and a half years ago. The Crossing will employ some 30 people headed up by Chef Steve England, formerly of the Millennium Hotel in Anchorage. Steve says he has been cooking since he was six years old, “My mom was a bit concerned about that, but as I grew up I had the privilege of honing my skills at some of the finest hotels in the Sonoma Valley and Washington State. I’m an outdoorsman and ultimately the call of Alaska grew too strong to resist,” said Steve. England says he fully intends on wetting a line during his breaks in front of the new restaurant. His specialty entrées will include New Zealand rack of lamb, Black Angus filet mignon, and fresh seafood year round. Steve will be no stranger to patrons hidden away in a closed kitchen, one of the features of the Crossing is an open wrap around cocktail bar and grill where Chef Steve and the preparation of his specialty cuisine just may upstage the view of the mighty Kenai River.
The Crossing will be open daily starting Thursday from 11:00am to 9:00pm, “We may stay open later during the summer, we’re a gathering place, we’re here to take care of you, so come by and see us any time you want to cross into the future,” says Chef England.
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