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27 S. Broadway
The Golden Lamb is recognized as the oldest continuously operating business in the State of Ohio. On Deceber 23, 1803, Jonas Seaman spent $4 for a license to operate a "house of Public Entertainment". The Golden Lamb got its name due to the fact that many earl... more.
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"At the end of the day, people don't want to sleep on a straw bed to take in the experience," says Bill Kilimnik, The Golden Lamb's general manager.
Additional WCCVB Board Members: David Lanterman, General Manager, Cincinnati Marriott Northeast; Jean Rayl, Director, Morrow Chamber of Commerce; Pat Arnold South, Warren County Commissioner, Warren County; Terrie Zajo, General Manager, Great Wolf Lodge; Jonathan D. Sams, Sams, Fischer, Packard & Schuessler, LLC; Richard Jones, VP Business Development, National Bank and Trust Company; William Kilimnik, General Manager, Golden Lamb Inn and Restaurant
"Southwest Ohio has history rooted in traditions of our German ancestors, including a Christmas feast centered on wild game easily available throughout the season," said Bill Kilimnik, general manager for The Golden Lamb.
German for Merry Christmas, the Frohe Weihnachten menu features a first course of slow-roasted cabbage and beef soup; choice of Dijon and herb- crusted venison chop with potato puree, asparagus and black cherry jus or rabbit lollipops with parsnip and carrot puree and lemon thyme pan gravy; and German chocolate cake with pecan custard. The second menu - Cratchit's Christmas Dinner - will be offered from Dec. 12 to 18. "If there is one Christmas dinner that springs to mind ..., it has to be the Christmas dinner shared by the Cratchit family in Charles Dickens' classic tale A Christmas Carol," Kilimnik said. "A menu of 30 items was typical of the grand feasts served by George and Martha Washington during their Christmas celebrations at their historic home in Mount Vernon," Kilimnik said. The Golden Lamb will recreate six of those items as a "Christmas salute to our nation's first president," Kilimnik said.
Bill Kilimnik says operating Lamb "once in a lifetime" opportunity
Hot Topics Bill Kilimnik is the new general manager of the Golden Lamb in Lebanon. Staff photo by Pat Auckerman LEBANON - Bill Kilimnik inhales deeply over a spoonful of Hungarian soup and smiles before tasting the brown broth. His smile grows bigger as he glances out the Golden Lamb's front window onto Broadway. "It makes me feel happy they made it," Kilimnik said of the soup, which takes a day to prepare. Since being named the general manager of the Golden Lamb in March, Kilimnik has rarely had time to sample his own restaurant's food, nor has he rarely afforded himself the luxury of a lunchtime meal. The word that comes up when describing Kilimnik again and again is "energy. Confiding it probably wasn't above board at the time, Kilimnik said started working as a dishwasher at age 12. "I have worked in restaurants practically my whole life," Kilimnik said. "I love restaurants. There's nothing I'd rather be doing. And operating a place like the Lamb - that's a dream come true." Kilimnik may be able to transfuse his energy to the cooks and waiters and even the building's owner, but he recognizes its the customer base that has the final say on if his energy level is enough. "It's not a sprint, it's a marathon," Kilimnik said of his plans to revitalize Lebanon's centerpiece and the oldest continuously operating business in Ohio. "I've always loved food, but I really love the people component of this business. I love putting people in a position to win everyday." "Bill understands the food business well and even in our interviews with him, he was ready to hit the ground running," Portman said. Kilimnik is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has worked at some of America's finest restaurant's including Le Francais in Chicago. At the Chicago restaurant, Kilimnik developed a passion for using locally grown ingredients. He also was the assistant general manager at the Marriott Cincinnati Northeast. "I think Lebanon is a great community that I really want to be a part of," Kilimnik said. The Golden Lamb, by contrast, Kilimnik recognizes as a more upscale restaurant grounded in tradition and excellence. "My first day here people came in and said 'you have to keep the chicken, you can't get rid of the turkey,' " Kilimnik said. "There are about four staples of food we absolutely can't get rid of and I respect that. We're called the Golden Lamb, we have to have a lamb dish. But it can be a seasonal dish. There are different ways to still keep the traditions that I think will excite customers." Kilimnik is an advocate of shopping locally whenever possible and has sought out local farmers to provide fresh fruits and vegetables for entrees. "Using local farmers is just a win-win," Kilimnik said. Kilimnik said he is far from finished with his ideas for Lebanon's central dining locale. "I'm learning more about this place everyday," Kilimnik said.