When you walk into Take 27, your attention may be captured by the Tyrannosaurus rex over the bar, the Mr. Spock costume from the "Star Trek" movies, or the John Wayne movie posters on the back wall.
Take 27 is owned and operated by Georgia Steiger of Linden, her husband Choya of Lodi, and her daughter Alicia Schmid of Linden. They take pride in personalizing their customers' experiences, from specialty cocktails to homemade desserts.
"We will be open for Easter and we are planning to have a big grand opening about a month after we open," Georgia Steiger said.
Steiger has worked in the restaurant industry for many years, including at Take 27's current location when it was still Lodi Feed and Fuel. While she worked, she also raised a family.
Schmid began working with her mother at age 12 in a Linden restaurant. She worked her way through school, attending University of the Pacific.
After earning a degree in business, Schmid was more than ready to get back into the restaurant industry. In 2010, she returned to working as an employee, but she was ready to be her own boss.
So the family decided to go into business together.
First, they needed to find a location. They began looking in Clements, but eventually they were offered the 27 W. Elm St. location, and they jumped at the chance to be in Downtown Lodi.
The new restaurant, located across from the movie theater, adds to the ambiance of Downtown Lodi.
The restaurant was named Take 27, as a play on the movie theme. "Take" comes from the clapper board used before running a scene of a movie until the director cuts the scene. The number 27 comes from their address.
Only after they decided upon the name did they start noticing a bigger connection with the number 27.
The first reservation they received was for 27 people for a prom dinner. Georgia Steiger's father was born on March 27, and they opened on Wednesday, March 27.
After the deal was made and the name chosen, the next step was to decide on the menu.
From chicken strips for the kids to honey lemon glazed salmon for the adults, Take 27 caters to varied tastes.
"The pulled pork potato chips have been a big hit," said Schmid. "We cannot make them fast enough."
From cheesecake to cookies and milk, all made fresh and hot to order, Take 27 focuses on desserts made in-house.
They even have an adult dessert section, which includes cocktails such as "Birthday Cake Martini," "White Gummy Bear" and "Lollipop." These will be available from the bar, which is fully stocked.
Take 27 will be open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, and brunch and dinner on Sundays.
The brunch menu offers a twist on some traditional breakfast foods, such as breakfast potato skins, a dish with eggs, bacon, cheese, and sour cream all on top of crispy potato skins.
Take 27 also offers a happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, where they offer homemade chips in ranch, plain or spicy Cajun and discounts on beer and well drinks.
Having a passion to cook helps the family enjoy what they do, and that appetite for food has led to a dream come true.
"We want Take 27 to be a fun place to have drinks and appetizers, or to get a quick bite to eat before a movie, or to have a nice dinner out," said Schmid.
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