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Intermission: the new place to be in Lanesboro

Mon, Jun 11th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Features

Dave Harrison offers a new dining experience in the city of Lanesboro with the introduction of Intermission. Photo by Jade Sexton

Dave Harrison of Preston has had a passion for cooking for many years. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1994, and has been working with food ever since. When he first graduated, he came to Lanesboro as the opening chef at the Old Village Hall.

Harrison and his wife Nancy ran the Intrepid Traveler in Harmony ten years ago, and have been looking for another opportunity to run their own small restaurant. Harrison worked at Riverside on the Root in Lanesboro for seven years. About a year ago, he heard of a possible opening next the Commonweal Theatre. He decided to open up his own restaurant, and called it Intermission. They have been open for business since April.

The name came from Nancy. It not only ties in with the theater next door, it also implies a break.

“It’s taking a break in your day, a break in your activity,” said Harrison.

Harrison enjoyed his time cooking at Riverside on the Root. “I enjoy working in that atmosphere,” he said. “I like the busyness, the craziness of the summer.”

Harrison and his wife have three sons, ages 17, 16, and 13, that all help out at the restaurant. Harrison has been showing his oldest, Nathaniel, the ropes when it comes to prep work and even making entrees.

Some of the inside of the restaurant was already there from the previous tenant. There are seven panels on the walls that were outside of the Commonweal during construction of the new theater. The painted murals contain scenes that represent the four seasons, the Cornucopia Art Gallery, the Commonweal Theater, and Welcome to Lanesboro. On one wall is painted the dictionary definition of the word “intermission.”

The menu at Intermission changes every week. Harrison likes to serve things that people don’t find anywhere else. “I enjoy cooking,” he shared. “I like to be creative with the food.”

So far, people are really enjoying the food and the experience of eating at Intermission. Many people have been stopping in before or after a performance at the Commonweal. Harrison serves anything on the menu up until closing at 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and he has found that there are people want to eat a full meal after a show.

Not only are there good meals and homemade desserts, but beer and wine are available as well. Harrison said he likes to serve wines that can’t be found, much like his meals.

Harrison also tries to serve local foods as much as possible, and is looking to get wines from local wineries. He would also like to feature some local meat, and is growing some of his own produce in a community garden next to his building. The menus have salads, soups, appetizers, entrees, and desserts that are all made by Harrison.

Harrison is currently looking to hire some more wait staff. Right now they are open Thursday through Sunday, but Harrison will be adding Mondays soon.

The timing for this new venture in Harrison’s life couldn’t have been better. He is enjoying doing what he loves to do, and sharing it with his children. Together they are having fun offering a unique dining experience to local people and visitors from all over.

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