After a major overhaul by its new owners—Josh and Jen Ziskin of Brookline’s La Morra—the former Sherborn Inn will be ready for its close-up later this spring as the rechristened Heritage of Sherborn.
The plans are ambitious and still evolving, says Josh, La Morra’s executive chef and co-owner. The historic property consists of a 62-seat tavern, a 130-seat banquet facility, three private dining rooms, a wine cellar, a handful of hotel rooms, an adjacent wine store and extensive grounds. The hotel rooms will have to wait their turn for a refurbishing as the culinary couple zeros in first on the food. Morphing into a gastropub, the tavern will serve fare such as burgers, shepherd’s pie and steak frites. The Ziskins will carve the banquet space into a 40-seat fine dining restaurant encompassed by a lounge and bar. The wine room will undergo a “man-cave” makeover, and the wine store will offer a range of prepared foods, as well as morning coffee, pastries and breakfast sandwiches. If you’re a fan of La Morra’s Italian fare, however, take note: Heritage of Sherborn will feature American food. “[It’ll] bring out my inner American cuisine,” Josh says. “So I can get to use an avocado for the first time in 15 years!”
Hell’s on Earth…
Chef Brendan Pelley of Medfield’s Zebra’s Bistro & Wine Bar is enjoying his 15 minutes of fame as a contestant on the current season of Hell’s Kitchen, facing the notoriously demanding Gordon Ramsay. At the end of the first episode, his signature dish of tempura soft-shell crab with quick pickles and yuzu aioli triumphed, and it will be available on the Zebra’s menu “as soon as soft-shell crabs come back into season,” he promises. Pelley’s prize for winning the first challenge was a meeting with William Shatner, which the chef describes as “totally surreal, being a Trekkie.”