It's time to Lark in the Park

 The debut of Lark: "Friends & Family" dinner on July 15, 2017.

The debut of Lark: "Friends & Family" dinner on July 15, 2017.

This one’s a riddle to me … how can a year feel like an instant and a lifetime at the same time?

We “officially” opened Lark on July 25, 2017 and it’s been quite the non-stop ride ever since. One of the questions Richard and I get most often is, “How are you guys doing?” I guess it’s to be expected as there’s a belief that Janesville can’t have nice things, especially when it comes to food. I’d like to think that belief is fading as the city bounces back economically and the downtown continues to revitalize. And to answer that question, we’re doing great, thank you.

And this is a thank you to our regulars. You have brought us berries and herbs from your gardens, honey from your hives, and home-baked treats. You have sat and chatted with us and shared your enthusiasm for food and cocktails. Many of you have become like family, some even joining us at our home for holiday celebrations.

The other family we have gained in the past year is the team of passionate, talented, funny and kind people that are the heart of our restaurant. They really are a team. They work together and often play together. Many of them have been with us since the beginning or within a few weeks of opening. We’re so lucky to have them working with us. I love that they wear their Lark t-shirts proudly … the ones that say, “Give boring food the bird.” The rejected tagline? “It doesn’t suck.” I love spending time with them. Their positive energy and creativity are what brings people back. Richard and I had a vision for Lark and they made it so much better than we could have imagined.

 The Jimmys will perform at the Marvin Roth Pavilion in Courthouse Park from 6- 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25. 

The Jimmys will perform at the Marvin Roth Pavilion in Courthouse Park from 6- 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25. 

And so on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 we are throwing a big party. We’re bringing in The Jimmys to play at the Marvin Roth Pavilion, closing down the block on Main Street between us and Courthouse Park, and roasting a pig (as well as offering burgers, brats and tikka tacos) so you can dine at picnic tables on the street. We’ll also have a limited outdoor bar that night. You’ll be able to take your adult beverages to the Pavilion seating area (but not the lawn beyond) and enjoy the band. We’ll be serving food and beverages outdoors from around 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. We’re calling it Lark in the Park.

Last year at this time, Richard and I were literally bundles of nerves waiting for the other shoe to drop every night. To compare where we were then to now is a bit surreal.

It’s a good excuse for some dancing in the street, don’t you think?

Joan Neeno