The American Kitchen is endeavoring to suit the tastes of its growing patronage.

The new restaurant on Danbury Road (Route 7 South) in New Milford is offering its spring menu with changes that pay attention to customer requests.

A Lunch Express with smaller portions is also available.

Restaurateurs Stephanie Morrow and Michael Elhayek opened the 132 Danbury Road site in March.

They feature burgers similar to their Danbury bar and grill, Square One, and have created a more well-rounded restaurant experience at the American Kitchen.

"Whether you want a burger or full dinner of lamb, duck or a nice steak, you can find it here," Morrow said. "We offer a variety of options and pricing.

"On Mother's Day, we're starting our three-course Sunday brunches with cocktail," she said.

The restaurant enjoys an urban wood and industrial ambiance, bringing a look Morrow claims is unique in the New Milford market.

"We don't want people to think that, because we have a really nice brass bar, they can't afford a beer or cocktail here," Morrow said. "This is someplace you can come after work and meet friends, come in your hoodie after a sports event, or come dressed up for date night."

Cathy Cramer has been a return patron since stopping by one afternoon.

"It's wonderful," Cramer said. "The food is great. The staff is very friendly. I love the style and ambiance. And the lobster roll is to die for."

The patio will be open by summertime with lobster boils and steamer nights. The culinary emphasis for patio dining will be seafood.

Local bands will perform once the patio is open.

Whether stopping in for a $9 wrap with salad or a chicken piccata lunch special for $14, Morrow hopes patrons will be engaged and tell their friends.

"Everyone has been so welcoming," said Morrow, a 2001 graduate of New Milford High School. "We're a small business, not a corporate restaurant, and New Milford has always supported its small businesses.

"This has been a homecoming for me," she said.

The American Kitchen is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Happy hour is offered from 3 to 6:30 p.m. with $3 select bottle beers, $4 select draft beers and $5 cocktails, as well as $5 appetizers.

An emphasis on local microbrewery offerings such as Kent Falls Brewing Co. will continue, Morrow said.

She promises at least two Connecticut beers will always be on tap.

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Photography by Norm Cummings