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Restaurant owner will try new cuisine

Ciao, Tutto Bene. Aloha, Wailea Ranch.

Beasy McMillan, who opened BZ's Tutto Bene in Medford a year ago, plans to transform the Italian restaurant into one serving Hawaiian and Asian fare.

Tutto Bene will close after Saturday night. The new restaurant, whose full name will be Wailea Ranch-Steak Maui, is set to open at the 1841 Barnett Road site on June 29.

You know me, I'm kind of eccentric, McMillan said on Thursday. I am tired of cooking Italian. Now I want to try something else.

On a more serious note, he said that with Tutto Bene I feel like I missed the market just a little.

The combination of an Italian dinner house and an Irish bar didn't quite work.

The new restaurant will be very casual and budget-priced, except for the most expensive steaks. While some steaks may range up to $18, he envisions many other dishes for $11-$12.

McMillan said he will hold over a few of the most popular selections on the former menu, among them lobster ravioli and Black Angus beef.

But otherwise, Wailea Ranch will feature Asian appetizers and salads, chicken and ribs, steaks with incredible sauces and side dishes like fries with chili sauce and jasmine rice with peanut sauce.

So often in this market, the man wants a steak, the wife wants something light and different and the kids want something fun, McMillan observed. I need to hit all three.

The 10-day closure will be used for staff training as well as some changes in decor.

The telephone remains unchanged at 776-5150.

McMillan is a longtime Rogue Valley restaurateur, mostly in Ashland, where he owns Beasy's on the Creek and Cucina Biazzi. He's been involved in launching several others, among them the Thai Pepper and Macaroni's, and he was co-creator of the Kat Wok.

Tutto Bene has been the largest of his restaurants.