QUINCY -- Karyn McNay Dunn's homecoming to Quincy has involved a lot of work, and she wouldn't have it any other way.
Dunn and her husband, Brad, have opened Dunnbelly Bar + Bistro in the former Lakeview Restaurant building at 4403 Broadway. The restaurant serves modern American comfort food that is made from scratch with fresh ingredients. In addition, they serve craft cocktails and a wide selection of wines.
"We moved in June. We started our soft opening Oct. 4," Dunn said.
The move back to Quincy for Dunn, who was known to classmates in the Quincy High School class of 1997 as Karyn McNay, was made specifically so that the couple could pursue their own bistro. On their Dunnbelly website, the two say they have nearly 40 years of combined food and beverage industry experience. But this is their first independent venture.
"I know in Quincy you can probably order an awesome tenderloin in about a dozen different places. But you may not be able to find a homemade shortrib pot roast or a chicken pot pie," she said.
In addition, the new bistro has a patio where many of the clientèle have looked out on the lake before the meal.
The Dunns previously lived in Bloomington, Ind. Brad was originally from Miami, and Karyn based out of New York City at one time.
Karyn Dunn said work fixing up the Lakeview building was made easier by family members.
"My dad was in contracting, my mother in baking, and I've got cousins who are cabinet makers and craftsmen. They were a big part of the human capital" that prepared the building for opening, she said.
"It's wonderful being home after almost 20 years of traveling around. I love my family and the community here."
Karyn Dunn is the pastry chef and general manager of the restaurant. Brad Dunn is the chef and sommelier -- a certified beverage manager.
"I've worked everything from dishwasher to general manager of the past 25 years. I've run small, medium and large restaurants," Brad Dunn said.
He's pleased with the initial response to the Dunnbelly offerings.
"We're taking classics and putting our own twist on them, in a cozy atmosphere. We're trying to be very honest and wholesome and yummy and affordable," he said.
Dunnbelly is open from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Other days of operation may be added before the holidays.
The restaurant operates on a first-come basis at this time. But groups of eight or more are encouraged to call ahead to let the staff prepare.
Information on the restaurant is available at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 217-209-3775.