One of Doug Pitts’ first orders of business now that he’s taken over The Anchor kitchen: clean house.
The Anchor, the popular pub at 1109 E. Douglas, closed down Monday afternoon and will stay closed until 11 a.m. Friday while Pitts and owner Schane Gross clean the kitchen, add new equipment and address plumbing issues.
They’re also going to use the time to address The Anchor’s infamous service issues. The popular bar, though never short on customers, has been known at times for long food waits and other problems. Gross recognizes those, and she’s working on finding new front-of-house management.
When the restaurant reopens Friday, customers will notice a few new menu items introduced by Pitts, though he promises that he’s keeping all the restaurant’s popular staples, from sweet potato fries to the Reuben to the Haystack. He plans to eventually introduce three separate menus: dinner lunch and brunch. And he wants to return the restaurant to serving food all made in-house, including homemade sausages and house-smoked pastrami.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to diversify the menu,” Pitts said. “I think people will appreciate the classics but also embrace what we're going to do.
“Our own personal philosophy here is establishing that quality and consistency in what we do and how we do it,” Pitts said. “That has been at issue for a little while.”