Blossom’s Family Restaurant Offers Something for Everyone
Liza Savage wasn’t sure what to expect when she opened the doors to Blossom’s Family Restaurant on June 13. “We hadn’t advertised,” said Savage. “I was so surprised that people came.” Not only did they come, but soon the two-week-old restaurant had regulars, sitting in the same chair and ordering their favorites. “I feel so delighted,” said Savage, who is originally from the Philippines. “But I feel like we still needed more time.”
The reception was a happy reward for Liza and her husband Mark Savage, who bought the former Bay Pointe Grill, back in April. “We cleaned for almost a month,” said Liza Savage. They also updated the floors, painted the ceilings and added artwork and other personal touches, aiming for what Liza called a “Comfy Country” look.
Customers walking into Blossom’s might have a tough choice deciding what to order. There are more than 10 omelets including a pizza omelet with mozzarella and sausage. There are chocolate waffles, a banana crepe with Nutella and dozens of more breakfast choices, as well as a choice of sides from cheese grits to bagels, oatmeal and peanut butter on toast. On weekends, there’s also a $9.95 breakfast buffet.
Lunch options include a variety of sandwiches, subs and wraps, fried fish, pastas, Chicken and Waffles, Lemon Basil Shrimp Salad and the Savage Burger. On Friday and Saturday evenings, Blossom’s offers dinner and again, more choices including several steaks, pastas, Italian entrees and liver and onions. “There’s something for everyone,” said Liza, including beer and wing combos and even even fried gizzards.
While Mike has a hamburger named after him, the restaurant is actually named for Liza. Blossom is the nickname given her by her grandfather. She joked, “I feel that now I’m not blooming anymore.”
The Savages moved to Nokomis four years ago from Illinois where they owned a Pizza Chef restaurant. Mike Savage is president of W.R. Carlson Roofing Company, so he didn’t have much time to help Liza get their new business ready. “I am in charge of everything,” she said. That means 12-hour days that begin at 5 am.
But Liza Savage does get some help from her family. Son Shane, 17, is working in the kitchen and daughter Eralin, 15, works as a cashier and hostess. The Savages’ four-year-old son Jack doesn’t help in the restaurant but he did provide some guidance on the kids menu that again offers plenty of choices, including Jack’s favorite, chicken tenders. Unlike most other restaurants, Blossom’s also provides kids a healthy choice of several vegetables and fruit.
Meanwhile, Liza is thrilled with the way the community has embraced the new restaurant. “Englewood is very friendly. Everyone is very nice. It’s boosted my confidence.”