Friday, July 16, 2010


Oscar's, the new and exciting downtown restaurant, will be having its Grand Opening on Monday, July 19, 2010. The name of the restaurant is an homage to Oscar Tschirky, the legendary "maitre d'hotel" (not chef) of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. He became known as "Oscar of the Waldorf", where he created a famous cookbook and many recipes including Waldorf Salad and Veal Oscar. He popularized the use of 1,000 Island Dressing and it is rumored that he also helped create Eggs Benedict. Oscar was most renowned for introducing "tipping" in the United States; although tipping was commonplace in Europe, it was largely unknown in the United States at that time.

Jason Gilmore and Nathan Zukowitz have converted a former cafe into a wonderful dining experience. Imagine--chandeliers, white linen tablecloths, classical music, good food and al fresco dining--in downtown Washington Court House! Seating capacity is 45 inside the restaurant but "al fresco" dining is available during agreeable weather. Oscar's has three permanent employees, one a graduate of The Cincinnati Culinary Institute.

The menu is a buffet which changes daily. One patron told me that he had been to the restaurant five times to savor the different menus.

The hours of operation are:

Monday through Friday: 11:00 a.m.--2:00 p.m.

Friday and Saturday: open for dinner: 6:00 p.m.--9:00 pm.

Sunday: open for Brunch 11:00 a.m.--2:00 p.m.

Oscar's will also be available for private, evening dinner parties during the week.

Lunch is $9.95 which is very reasonable considering the amount of food served. Take-out is also available at $8.95.

Not only have Jason and Nathan begun this new endeavor, but they also operate The Pinkerton House, Parkinson House Catering, and The Mercantile Antiques and Collectibles shop, all located in Washington Court House.

These two are definitely YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS.


Mona Lisa said...

Do you think that Shirkey is derived from Tschirky? Are you Swiss? You know how the immigration people Anglicized so many names.

robbin said...

I can't wait to go here! Pics look fantastic. If the food taste as good as the place looks we are in business.