Let’s face it, Grant needs a sit-down restaurant. The closing of 310 Central has left a gap in dining choices in Grant. The eating establishments here all offer good food, but when it comes to taking a client out for dinner or conducting a private dinner meeting, there are few options. The senior center also offers good food, but may not be a place people from out-of-town choose, or even know about.
There has been a lot going on in Grant this summer. From the several building projects taking place at the school and hospital, to sporting events, such as the swim meet and ball games, to the amount of new patients that are now coming into Grant for doctoring with the arrival of Dr. Matt Byrd, the volume of people in Grant has noticeably increased.
More than once have I been at one of the current places that offer lunch in Grant and all of the tables are full with groups of people coming in and having to leave because there is no room to sit. There is definitely a need for a restaurant.
I hope someone is looking to purchase the 310 Central building and return that space into a simple, hometown restaurant with good food and good prices, and maybe a meeting room. Successful restaurants around the area that have a good small town fit, in my opinion, include Open Range in Ogallala, the Windy Gap in Paxton or Otter Creek Lodge out by Lake McConaughy. These places offer up good, down-home traditional western Nebraska food, hot, fresh, fast and for a decent price; that is what we need here.
It’s unfortunate that 310 Central couldn’t have been sold as a going restaurant. This makes it much more of a challenge for anyone to buy this business and immediately turn it into a restaurant. It would be too bad to see that space kept empty or turned into something else.
A similar situation occurred in Imperial several years ago. The building is still empty.
The need for a restaurant is there, now we just need the right person or persons to come in an open one, with the right atmosphere for western Nebraska. With the hospital opening its new additions later this year, I just hope it happens sooner rather than later.