The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived! Rembrandt’s has beer!…
It’s time to break out your flip-flops and Hawaiian shirts – summer is here! Join us for beach-themed food, music, and decor… not to mention peach bellinis and our famous wine cocktails. Wear your favorite beachwear and get ready to party! 5:00-10:00 PM each night, Thursday June 20 – Saturday June 22.
We are proud to bring you the music of Leguitar (Howard Le) on June 29th. He is a professional classical, Spanish, and traditional guitarist and composer.
Mr. Le believes “life creates music, and music enhances life”. Because of this, he pursues music as “an ambition to bring more happiness to life” (Leguitar.com). He has been devoting his life to music for the last 30 years and has been playing guitar, composing, and arranging his whole life.
He has been a member of the New York City Classical Guitar Society, the Amateur Classical Music Association, and the September Concert Foundation of New York City. Mr. Le has performed at Carnegie Hall three times and is a yearly staple at the Vermont International Festival.
To learn more about Howard Le and to hear samples of his music, please visit www.leguitar.com. Then join us on June 29th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM to hear him live!
Recital Night at
You and I know that there is a hidden wealth of talented musicians in our area.
Generally, their only performance option is to play a single recital piece for family, friends, or solo & ensemble judges.
For this reason, Rembrandt’s Gallery & Wine Bar is creating “Recital Night at Rembrandt’s”, giving musicians the opportunity to perform a set of pieces to an interested public audience in a beautiful historic (yet unintimidating) space.
Indiana & Kentucky's Best Performers
Recital nights will be held on Thursday evenings starting at 6:00 PM. There will be no charge to perform or attend.
We welcome all classical, jazz, and acoustic performances. This is a great way for budding professionals to get experience and exposure, and it doesn't look bad on college applications and résumés.
As the event becomes more popular we may host events like the "Battle of the Clarinets" (for example), showcasing the area's best players of a particular instrument or genre.
We have recently built a small ensemble performance stage, which includes our 5'8" Yamaha baby grand piano made at the famous Yamaha piano factory in Hamamatsu, Japan.
Everyone who has played it has commented on its rich tone.
We are inviting intermediate to advanced soloists and small ensembles to contact us at
812-273-5050 so that we can schedule a performance of up to one hour in length. We are hoping to schedule several performers for
Performers should bring their own accompanist (if needed). The recitals will be live entertainment during regular dining hours and should be acoustic pieces.
Because our stage is on the family side of our establishment, there is no
age limit to perform.
Child prodigies, retired professionals, and talented performers in between are
Some performers may be even be asked to come back for a paid performance on a Friday or Saturday evening.
We are extremely excited to begin this new performance option for performers and the general public in beautiful historic downtown Madison. If you haven't been to Rembrandt's yet, check us out at 323-325 East Main Street.
Our building is an old wagon & carriage factory that has been transformed into a beautiful dining room that magically lights up at night. Sparkling chandeliers and string lights illuminate handcrafted wooden tables and regional fine arts and crafts.
Stop by on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday from 5:00–10:00 PM when we offer our fresh wood-fired pizza, gourmet hamburgers, and artisan wines and ciders from around the world. We're adding craft beers and high end liquors soon, too!
Call 812-273-5050 today for more information about performing at Rembrandt’s!
You may have heard by now…
Last Wednesday, the City of Madison approved our request for a riverfront 3-way liquor license!
That means that very, very soon (after going through the state’s red tape) we will be able to bring you a selection of fine liquors and craft beers as well as our regular wine list.
As with our wine, we plan to stock items that aren’t widely available to the public but taste amazing. That way, you can experience some exciting new drinks that you (as our guest) may not have seen before. We also plan to add a craft cocktail list in the near future.
Once again, we want to thank you all for your loyal support… and a special thank you to the community members that stood up in the City Hall meetings to speak for us.
You can view the (somewhat tense!) City Council meeting in its entirety at https://vimeo.com/showcase/3465565/video/335040678. The discussion about our license starts at 15:20.
You probably already know that we’re in the process of getting a 3-way Riverfront liquor license. While that will give us the ability to bring you delicious and unique craft beer, liquor, and cocktail options, it will also take away our ability to sell carryout alcohol.
That means we won’t be able to take orders for carryout at significantly lowered prices anymore… but we’ve got you covered.
For TWO NIGHTS ONLY we are offering the chance to attend two special intimate wine tastings with 16 carefully selected wines from our favorite distributors that you can order and take home for your own collection…at a HUGE DISCOUNT.
The first tasting, on Wednesday, April 24th, will feature wines from Johnson Brothers of Indiana. Kyle Geis, their resident wine expert, will be presenting eight amazing wines from around the world and speaking about the unique properties of each.
The second tasting, on Wednesday, May 1st, will be with Michel Pascal of Carroll Wine and Spirits. He has also selected eight delicious wines. If you’ve attended a tasting with Michel before, you already know how entertaining he can be!
Each tasting will be $29.95 for a ticket, which will cover the cost of the 8 wines presented and some light appetizers. The tastings will start at 7:00 PM (we recommend attending both, since they will feature completely different wines!).
Call 812-221-1033 and leave a message to make your reservation today… seats will be VERY limited!
We’re hosting a special 4-course Valentine’s Day Dinner on February 14th!
Here’s what’s in store:
- An 8 oz. USDA Prime fire-grilled Filet Mignon, wrapped in bacon and cooked to your specifications,* with a steaming baked potato or sweet potato
- OR a tender Eggplant Parmesan, breaded and covered with mozzarella and parmesan cheese and our own made-from-scratch marinara sauce
- A serving of Creamy Broccoli and Cheddar Soup
- A freshly-prepared house salad with your choice of dressing
- For dessert, a slice of decadent handmade cheesecake AND fine dessert wine
- In the background, there will be live romantic piano music by Yvonne Davis to set the mood.
All this, in the most romantic restaurant in Madison.
We will have two seatings that evening to accommodate everyone who would like to attend. The first will start seating at 5:00; dinner will be served at 5:30. The second will start seating at 7:30 with dinner at 8:00.
Tickets are $59.95 for the filet mignon or $39.95 for the eggplant parmesan. (Please indicate which you would like when making the reservation.)
Make your reservations NOW by calling 812-273-5050… the seats for this event will fill up extremely quickly!
Joseph Maile, a professional violinist, will be joining us on December 27th to play select live chamber music.
Next Friday and Saturday, Bob will be out of town… and when the boss is away, the employees will play!
We’re going to have some great deals on “special offerings” wine on Friday and Saturday (August 10-11) from Noon to 10 PM. Watch our Facebook page for more details!
Thank you all so much (again) for supporting us. There was a nice turnout at City Hall, and we think we made a good impression!
In case you couldn’t attend, here is the speech that Bob (Maile) gave before the City Council:
“I appreciate the members of City Council allowing me to speak. I have been in Madison over 20 years now trying to contribute to this city in various capacities, my most recent being Rembrandt’s Gallery & Wine Bar. My purpose here is to strongly encourage the creation of the special Riverfront 3-way liquor licenses by establishing a Riverfront Development District. Downtown Madison desperately needs to take advantage of the development opportunity that this district provides.
“In the late 1990’s, Markt Lytle, a former mayor and state representative, introduced legislation for the special Riverfront license specifically with downtown Madison in mind. He recognized the potential for downtown development that this offered. Since then, 34 cities in Indiana have taken advantage of this legislation. (I didn’t know some of these cities even had a river!) These cities recognized, as did Lytle, that no matter what a city has to offer as attractions, when visitors come they want to eat, drink, and shop. And the better the quality of restaurants and shops, the more quality people will come, both to spend money and to live here.
“I am constantly hearing about what other projects Madison needs to attract more visitors. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a Historic District here that rivals any city in the country! We just need to let the rest of the world know that we exist and that we have the amenities that they expect when they do come.
“The Riverfront license will in no way diminish the existing 3-way licenses. In fact, it will make them more valuable. As you are aware, the district can only be located a certain number of feet from the river. The city has complete control over the requirements, the number of licenses available, and basically what kind of place gets a license. The existing licenses have none of these restrictions and can locate anywhere in the city.
“To create our Riverfront District, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. There are 34 other cities that have done the research for their own Riverfront District that you can draw from and enact quickly. We have compiled extensive research on what other cities have done, and I am offering my assistance to the committee. I believe I could give valuable insight and help expedite the process.
“Downtown Madison needs meaningful development now. That why we have so many empty shops on Main Street and why we can’t even hold on to a grocery store. And if something doesn’t happen soon, I will be the next casualty.
“For the most part, people like me from out of town don’t come here to make money. We come here to be a part of this amazingly special place, and we want to be a part of its success. But there aren’t enough people with money visiting or living here yet to sustain it. Rembrandt’s was created to be the kind of place you would want in a Riverfront District – a place that showcases the history, culture, architecture, and character that makes Madison special. Rembrandt’s must be doing something right based on the 500 residents and visitors that signed our petition of support. Here are the names of some of the more well-known people. [hands out a list of some of the petition signers]
“But I can’t do this without some help. I am the only restaurant or bar in the county that can only sell wine, and there simply aren’t enough people living here or visiting here that only want to drink wine. That’s why I can’t open more than three nights a week, and you can’t sustain a business when you’re only open 15 hours a week. I am willing to work for free, but I’m not willing to go broke. This district is the quickest way to kick-start the economy of Downtown Madison and will surely attract future residents and business that will enhance the quality of life of the entire community. Thank you.”
Now we wait!