While new, both are occupying space which formerly housed two longtime restaurants. The first, The Restaurant at the Cheshire opened in November and everything I've heard is that this is a go to place. The interior has been redone while keeping much of the charm of the original Cheshire including the big fireplace. The food is great, the staff is wonderful and the prices are a bit high. Dale went there for lunch last week and raved about it. A friend of ours went with friends during the evening last week and thought it was a great experience though pricey. But never fear food lovers, a second eating area has now opened in the Cheshire complex, Basso's, which features wood fired pizza. More casual and less costly.
The second new restaurant in this area is Pan D'Olive occupying the former wonderful Mihalis Chophouse on McCausland across from the Olympia Kabob House. The idea behind this restaurant is 'nice but not expensive'.
"The menu is described as “a celebration of Mediterranean cuisine with a California twist,” but what stands out even more is its composition: a large selection of mezes and bruschettas are $4 each (or 3 for $10), salads are $5-6, flatbreads $10-13, pasta averages $13 per order, with meat and seafood entrees priced in the teens as well."
This looks very promising and it's great to have two new places close by after passing them daily and seeing empty buildings.