By Renee Larr
Cobblestone Grill has named Omar Guzman as its new executive chef. Guzman has been the sous chef at the restaurant for the past two years and has previous experience at several top local restaurants, including D’Vine the Wine Bar, Sullivan’s, Iozzo’s Garden of Italy and Peterson’s.
Cobblestone Grill has been a fixture in the Zionsville community for more than 14 years, but the building that houses it has been part of Main Street much longer than that. Before becoming a restaurant, it was home to a general store and an opera house. The history and atmosphere of the building are among the reasons Guzman decide to work there.
“I like Cobblestone because of the building. The building is beautiful,” Guzman said. “We have a courtyard. Few restaurants have that.”
The menu is also unique. Completely crafted by Guzman, he describes it as classic with a modern touch. Menu items include a charcuterie and cheese board, duck tacos, a wheat berry salad and a sous vide lamb loin. He also creates unique specials each weekend. Sunday Brunch offers a variety of omelets, braised pork belly and huevos rancheros.
“I bring different flavors. I resource local farms,” Guzman said. “For charcuteries we get Smoking Goose meats. We just started getting local asparagus, local morels.”
Guzman draws his inspiration for his menu from both Italian and Mexican cuisines.
“I like Italian because of its simplicity and Mexican because it’s my culture,” he said.
Cobblestone Grill owner Liz Esra is thrilled to have Guzman on board as executive chef.
“We are very excited to have Chef Omar heading up the Cobblestone Grill kitchen,” Esra said in a press release. “He possesses a great passion for cooking with an appreciation of how fine ingredients begin every menu item in his ongoing quest for creating new dishes.”
Cobblestone Grill is at 160 S. Main St. in Zionsville. For more information, visit www.CobblestoneGrill.com.