Restaurant icon Kris Gunnam recently hosted a pre-opening reception and dinner to celebrate the grand opening of his new restaurant, Kris’s Restaurant and Grill, located at 16701 S. Dixie Hwy. in Palmetto Bay.
Among those who joined Kris to celebrate were Palmetto Bay Mayor Shelley Stanczyk, Vice Mayor Brian Pariser, village manager Ron E. Williams and Palmetto Bay Council members Patrick Fiore, Joan Lindsay and Howard J. Tendrich.
Cutler Bay Mayor Edward MacDougall, Vice Mayor Ernie Sochin and former Miami-Dade County Commissioner Carlos Gimenez also attended the red carpet event.
Every seat was filled with guests who were all eager to taste the new flavor of Kris’s. Appetizers included items such as brushetta and sweet potato fries, followed by comfort food entrees that included grilled chopped steak, grilled sirloin steak and prime rib. Guests finished their meals with desserts such as key lime pie and apple pie. Beer, wine and beverages also were part of Kris’s complimentary dinner.
“We needed a restaurant like this in Palmetto Bay and we are excited about Kris’s,” said Palmetto Bay Councilmember Joan Lindsay. “The food was excellent. We will definitely be coming back!”
Gunnam has an extensive restaurant background that comes from nearly 20 years of being part of great family-owned restaurants throughout Miami-Dade, such as Krissals in The Falls area; Bagel Emporium in Coral Gables, and one of South Miami’s original restaurants, Your Father’s Mustache. Keeping the tradition of a family restaurant atmosphere is what inspired Gunnam to continue to share his family recipes with the Palmetto Bay community and open Kris’s.
Kris’s is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with take-out and delivery options, Kris’s features American comfort food, such as classic omelet breakfasts as well as lunch and dinner items such as prime rib, roast turkey, meatloaf and more — all influenced by family recipes.
Some of the more interesting lunch items include Crab Cakes Louie, Grilled Salmon with Mango Chutney and traditional favorites.
Customers can begin the day with breakfast meals starting at just $6. Lunch and dinner entrees will serve generous portions and range in price from $8 to $20. Kris’s entire menu, including deli platters, also is available for catering.
Complementing the American fare on the menu at Kris’s is a wine and beer bar. A complete wine list features selections from Spain, Chile, Australia and California, Beer selections include American favorites as well as imported selections from Germany, the United Kingdom and Mexico.
Kris’s also features outside table seating for dining al fresco, and a fresh, modern inside dining room featuring banquets, expandable tables to accommodate parties of any size, and even counter service for busy executives and solo diners.
“In creating Kris’s, our goal was to bring Palmetto Bay a restaurant that people will enjoy as a destination for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as family gatherings, business meetings and celebrations,” Gunnam said.
Kris’s Restaurant and Grill is located at 16701 S. Dixie Hwy. For more information, dining reservations or catering inquiries call 305-232-1019.