Talk With Borrowed Time Restaurant

Posted on: January 19, 2019   |   Posted in: Food & Drink, News, Things To Do In Saugatuck

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An Inside Seat At Borrowed Time

Today, we continue our series of conversations with local chefs and restaurant owners. So, pull up a seat with us at  and join our conversation with owner Kim Bale and Chef Eoen Clark of Borrowed Time. We love to prepare and taste wonderful food, plus opportunity to talk food with people who share our passion! We speak with some of Saugatuck’s best restaurants often. Our intention is to share something delicious with our food loving guests at Wickwood Inn. Check out Borrowed Time’s history.  See more about the big move of their restaurant last year from downtown Saugatuck to nearby Douglas.

People who love to eat are always the best people.
~ Julia Child

This time, we hear about their new location in downtown Douglas and what their plan is for 2019.

Q: If you had to explain the concept of Borrowed Time to someone while riding on an elevator, what would you say?

A (Kim): Our mantra is ‘everything with intention’. We opened a restaurant so we can do what we love every day. Take good care of people while providing them with a memorable and unique experience. With every product we bring in and decision we make, we ask ourselves something.  Is in line with our vision and something we’re passionate about?

Q: Can you talk more about how you bring intention into the food and beverages you serve?

A: (Kim)  In regard to food, we focus on using fresh, local, seasonal ingredients whenever possible. We like to think our guests are eating for flavor first and foremost.  And we draw inspiration from all types of cuisine to provide a memorable taste experience. This carries over to our wine list which often mixes several unique varietals with more familiar staples.  We focus more on flavor profiles than specific grapes.

We have poured more than 600 wines since we opened in 2016.  Our selection constantly rotates.  We strive to find unique new varietals with familiar flavor profiles that our regulars will love. It’s the biggest compliment when someone we know takes a seat and says, ‘pour me something you know I’ll like.’ While wine is the focus of our beverage program, we always seek unique craft beers. And my partner Robert curates a really unique list of spirits for sipping neat or on the rocks.

Age and glasses of wine should never be counted.
~ Unknown

Q: Chef, will you tell us more about the food coming out of the kitchen at Borrowed Time?

A: (Chef Clark) At Borrowed time we specialize in a tapas style menu.  We encourage sampling and sharing with the others in your dining party. This allows for relaxing environment to enjoy your beverage, whether a fine wine or a local craft beer.  The inspiration for the food is simple.  We take classics from different cuisines and put a twist on them with either cooking technique or flavor profile. 

Q: How was your first season in Douglas, and what are your plans for 2019?

A: (Kim) Our first summer season in Douglas was a successful one, and we are excited by the growth opportunities the space affords us. The Loft upstairs is the perfect setting for our 3-course dining experience, giving guests a birds-eye view of the restaurant and what Chef Eoen is preparing in the kitchen. Outside, we have big plans to continue landscaping the unimproved space and hope to add a second deck in the next couple of years. For 2019, our goal is to hold more events that emphasize our passion for food, wine, and gathering with friends both old & new in a cozy space.

(Chef Clark) I believe the new space allows more room for entertaining guests. And we have more room for growth creatively. I’m hoping to take our small plates to a new level and making fine dining approachable in a cozy atmosphere. I believe our loft dinners will show guests a unique dining experience unlike any other you can find in our small towns.  Above all, show them that they can get the same quality and diversity of food in our regular menu in a laid back fun atmosphere.

A Loft Dinner experience at Borrowed Time in Douglas in December is one of the most memorable meals of the holiday season. Therefore we love it! The Pisto is perfect, the Paella hits every note correctly, and the Torta de Santiago has just the right touch of sweetness. Each wine pairing … impeccable.

Looking ahead, the event lineup for 2019 is impressive … we can’t wait for Borrowed Time to open again on February 1!

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