HERSEY - From meatloaf to prime rib, River Junction serves it all. The restaurant, named for the intersection of the Hersey and Muskegon rivers, opened in late December in downtown Hersey. "The people are great. The food is great. I can't think of a bad thing to say about this place," said Hersey resident Tom Page. The business began as an idea far from what it is today. "I had a dream," said owner Nancy Turner said, "I wanted to open an ice cream store." Located on Main Street in Hersey, the building once housed Mama Mias for decades. Later, it continued as a restaurant and bar for a short time in 2006, but was left vacant when the previous owner closed the business. Owners Nancy and Larry Turner bought the building two years ago and slowly began to renovate it. Larry also owns Turner Trucking in Hersey and worked on renovating the restaurant in his spare time, before a more full-time effort in the six months leading up to opening day. "It just kind of snowballed. There was no real planning, we just built it as we went," Larry said. The Turners flipped the inside of the building, moving the dining area to the front and the bar to the back. During the remodel curious residents came in almost daily to check out the progress. "We had so many people asking when are we going to be open? and what's it going to be?" Larry said. After it was remodeled, the bar and restaurant areas became two separate areas, with a separate entrance for bar guests. "It makes it nice for the people who want to come and eat and have a nice meal and maybe play some music on the jukebox," Buchanen said. Jeff and Laane Hocquard come to the restaurant weekly with their family. Their son Travis, daughter Nicki and son-in-law John, and grandchildren Hannah and Johnny enjoy the many options and healthy choices on the menu. The Hocquards, who are involved in local government, said they are excited to have the new business in the area. They couldn't quite choose a favorite dish, but are fans of the fish, pizza, prime rib and chicken strips. "We've tried to get a taste of everything on the menu, but we haven't made it yet," Laane said. The Hersey Roller Mills Store also opened in 2011, and owner Larry Trombley said he is impressed by how the building has been renovated. "It's hard to believe it's the same place," Trombley said. He said he is happy to have the neighboring business down the road and promotes it whenever he can. "If somebody comes in and they haven't been down there, I show them the menu," Trombley said. When he isn't directing others to the restaurant, Trombley likes to visit it himself. His favorite thing on the menu is the Hersey Burger, an angus burger topped with BBQ sauce, onion rings and cheddar cheese on a grilled bun. The restaurant is open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the bar is open until 2 a.m. The business has nine waitresses, two pizza cooks, four chefs and three bartenders and sees the most customers on Friday and Saturday nights. "We're all family even though we're not related," Nancy said. Though the business has only been open for two months, manager Gail Buchanen said many employees feel like they have been working there for a long time because of how steadily the business runs. "They all picked everything up so fast and we all get along so well," Buchanen said. Larry Turner said the people he meets and works with at River Junction are his favorite part of the new business. "I like meeting new people and seeing the regular people all the time," Larry said. "It's nice how many people tell us that they want us to make it, that they're so excited that we're open and that we're here," Buchanen said. Though the business developed differently than her original idea, Nancy said the goal was still accomplished. "We just wanted to give back and keep our community going." The Turners plan on the business being a mainstay in the community for many years. And ... in the summer months the business will serve ice cream.