SAILS American Grill announces its grand opening Tuesday, Dec. 7, providing Rowayton and the surrounding areas with a dining experience in an upscale casual environment.

Executive Chef Nathan Kramer is a Connecticut native who has cooked in famed kitchens in New York City and San Francisco under culinary wizards including David Burke, Glenn Thomas, Larry Forgione, Wayne Nish and Nancy Oakes. This experience has enabled Kramer to understand how marrying wholesome foods with the most flavorful ingredients results in the perfect dish. On the menu at SAILS, Kramer offers delectable dishes including:

"¢ Braised Short Rib Sliders

"¢ Fresh Truffle and Mushroom Pizza: wild mushrooms, garlic ricotta and fresh mozzarella topped with pancetta and truffle oil

"¢ House Made Lobster Ravioli: artichokes, andouille sausage and lobster topped with sweet vermouth cream

"¢ Cedar Planked Sockeye Salmon: fresh wild Alaskan salmon topped with baby spinach, mache, frisee, roasted pearl onion, cob smoked bacon, oven dried apples, toasted macadamia nuts finished in a honey-mustard cider dressing

"Our goal is to provide outstanding flavorful fare and friendly service in a neighborhood restaurant that reflects the boating and `water lovers' community for which Rowayton has become known," General Manager Terry McSpedon said. "We love this town and the people it serves, and the restaurant echoes this wholeheartedly through menu, staff and design."

SAILS is a destination for the entire family or a romantic date night. The team, most of whom are familiar faces to those who have dined in Rowayton before, greet guests -- kids and adults alike -- with a welcoming smile and remember names and faces. The menu has something for children, whether its gourmet macaroni and cheese or a freshly prepared hamburger grilled to liking.

In keeping with Rowayton's rich history, SAILS décor is inspired by the grace, beauty and craft of sailing. The gray, white and deep blue interior balances clean and simplistic elements to create a chic, yet very comfortable restaurant that is inviting, warm and fresh. Sophisticated design and nautical detailing are combined with minimalism and precision, both of which are imperatives for the art of sailing.

Artist rendered boat sails, highlighted by maritime sea light pendants, drape from the main dining room ceiling and meet with walls, which are graced by the photography of world-renowned artist Michael Kahn. Kahn's catalogue of work demonstrates his lifelong fascination with the ocean and classic sailing yachts, and is the perfect complement to the furnishings. The brick fireplace, which glows brightly with blazing warmth throughout the winter, adds a cozy touch to the room.

Chrome detailing is incorporated throughout the restaurant, bringing together the maritime theme and creating a dining atmosphere suggestive of a sailing yacht. The hand-constructed bar mirrors a boat deck as diners can look at the scalloped Corian backdrop, which serves as the canvas for a sailboat centerpiece. Antique-style naval lamps above the bar complete the back bar framing.

SAILS occupies approximately 2,500 square feet and comfortably seats 110 people, including the newly renovated, outdoor patio. SAILS is open daily for lunch (11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) and dinner (5:30 to 10:30 p.m.) and is located at 148 Rowayton, Ave. Reservations are recommended for dinne. Live music on weekends starting Jan. 1.

For more information, visit www.sailsamericangrill.com or www.facebook.com/sailsamericangrill. Call 203-853-SAIL.