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Baratta’s Steakhouse moves to the Carrollton

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Baratta’s Steakhouse is set to reopen in July at the Carrollton Inn and will replace Charlie’s Steakhouse, which closed last week.

However, some of the most-popular items of the Charlie’s menu will remain — including the Bang Bang Shrimp.

“It’ll kind of be the best of both worlds,” said Heidi Baratta, who co-owns Baratta’s with her husband, John.

The Barattas have operated The Lincoln Club in Glidden for years, and last year they opened their steakhouse at the Santa Maria Winery. They closed in late March as the coronavirus pandemic started sweeping the state and had planned to reopen in that location, but the Charlie’s manager asked if they might want to move locations.

“The winery is a beautiful place, but (the Carrollton steakhouse) is more of the setting we want to be in,” Heidi Baratta said.

Baratta’s is expected to reopen July 8. It will be open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

The closure of Charlie’s — which already had eliminated its lunch hours — was spurred by a drop in revenue because of the pandemic and a recent difficulty to hire new employees. State officials ordered restaurants to close for in-person dining in March and April. In May they were allowed to reopen at half capacity — a restriction that lifts today.

“We should have just waited until we could open up to full capacity, but we also wanted to consider those who did want to get out,” said Rachel Brotherton, general manager of the Carrollton Centre. “It was a difficult decision, but it was easy in that we know we are bringing in someone who can bring that good steakhouse atmosphere.”

Brotherton expects several Charlie’s employees will be hired by the Barattas.

“You’re going to see a lot of the same faces,” she said. “What’s going to be amazing about it is that you’re going to get a little bit of Charlie’s, a little bit of Baratta’s, plus something new.”

The new menu is expected to have items that weren’t previously offered by either restaurant and an expansive choice of appetizers.

For about six years the Barattas have owned The Lincoln Club, where they host events for hundreds of people.

John Baratta was raised in the restaurant business in Omaha, where his grandfather owned three. He moved to west-central Iowa more than two decades ago and was a cook and kitchen manager in different towns.

Baratta’s Steakhouse is known for its ample cuts of locally sourced steak.

“Everybody’s been very good to us,” Heidi Baratta said. “The community response has been pretty awesome. It’s been tough, but my husband’s pretty innovative and creative.”

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