Griffins open hotel, restaurant in Evart

EVART – With a new menu, reasonable prices and new features, Vince and Net Griffin hope the hotel and restaurant bearing their name will draw both locals and out-of-towners looking for something new.

“Our prices are reasonable, we have value meals, value breakfasts and we serve breakfast all day,” said Vince Griffin. “I like having breakfast (foods) at restaurants, so when I run one I want it to serve breakfast all day.”

The Griffin’s hotel and restaurant, located at 202 N. Main St. in Evart, opened it’s doors April 4. The business includes a restaurant seating about 100 diners, a jungle-themed room available for private parties, five hotel rooms - three double rooms and two singles, each decorated with a different theme - and a bar area.

“It’s a great decor and nice atmosphere. They have a friendly staff and great value,” said Evart

Downtown Development Authority director Al Weinberg. “It’s a great restaurant and hotel location and it’s been a part of Evart forever. We’re thrilled that the Griffin’s came in and took over.”

The Griffins created their whole menu from scratch, and said the Reuben sandwich - thinly sliced corn beef, sauerkraut and 1,000 Island dressing on rye bread - has been a main seller along with potato soup.

“Everyday, something new is coming on to the menu,” Net said.

The building, which housed Conner O Malley’s restaurant and bar for many years, has new updates after the Griffins changed fixtures and water pipes and added new features like a pool table, an Internet juke box and a dart board for visitors. The Griffins would like to hold recreational events at their business if they see interest.

“If we get enough people playing darts, we’ll ask them if they want to sign up for a tournament.” Vince said. “The dart company said if we ever decide to have a dart tournament, they’ll come up, set a date and instruct people how to do the tournament.”

Focusing on increasing the cleanliness of the restaurant, the Griffins have received comments from visitors as well as individuals who come to inspect the restaurant.

“She (The restaurant licensing inspector) said she’d never seen this place so clean,” Net said.

The business employs two cooks and a volunteer waitress who agreed to donate her time for the growing business.

“Until this business gets going, we can’t really hire a lot of people, so it’s mostly family and friends,” Net said. “Here we count everybody as family and friends, we don’t count them as workers.”

The restaurant offers delivery service to customers within city limits and is working on obtaining an alcohol license.

For more information on the restaurant and hotel, visit www.thegriffinshr.com.