With Chairman’s Steakhouse opening up a few steps away from Headquarters in Westman Village, the main-floor resto-lounge has taken the opportunity to change things up both on the menu and as the focus of the restaurant.

“With Chairman’s offering a truly fine dining experience, we’re moving towards a more accessible menu for residents of Westman Village and their guests,” says Director of Hospitality Sapan Dutt. “We’ve simplified the wine list and added some things to the menu that residents have been requesting.”

While Headquarters is a part of the Journey Club Seniors Residences in Westman Village on Mahogany Lake, it is open to the public and features live music during happy hour Thursday-Saturday. The kitchen is also under new management with Chef Stephen Hill (Heatherglen Golf Course, Azureridge Estate).

As with any change of guard – and menu – there were a few glitches in our meal and we had some hits and misses. Hits included the fire cracker calamari, a beautiful and fresh pan-seared black cod and house-made tartufo for dessert. The pepper-crusted beef tenderloin was of great quality and perfectly done, but the potent pepper crusting itself took too much attention away from the main event. The beefsteak caprese tomato salad, while beautifully plated, overdid it a bit on the balsamic and we really missed the basil that was replaced by arugula in this salad. We’d also pass on the apple-berries crisp, which was more like apple-berries soup. The service by Angela and hospitality by Sapan, however, were stellar and if you’re in the deep south, it’s worth popping by once they’ve settled in.