It’s Time for a Facelift

On September 24, 2013, in Local People, News, by Charisse

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It’s time to freshen up an old icon. When we bought Johnny’s Bar & Grill almost eighteen years ago we made many positive changes like opening up walls, adding a walk-in box to keep beer and food cold and painting the entire inside of the place. Over the years we made improvements to the bathrooms and added the patio but we have been stagnant for quite some time now. The restaurant business has slowed down to a crawl while the bar thrives and I haven’t been able to figure out why. Yes we certainly have more completion than we ever had before, and we lost Rey to a great job at Hazel Hawkins Hospital, but I think it may be more than that. A lot of new folks have moved into town and they need to know that we are more than a famous biker bar. We have great food at reasonable prices and a friendly atmosphere. I’ve come to believe that a serious face lift is what we need to attract new customers.

We are going to be revamping Johnny’s by painting, putting down new flooring and generally giving it a fresher look. The plaques that have adorned our walls for about 25 years have become nothing more than dust collectors. Most of the businesses have closed and it’s time to move on. We are inviting anyone with a plaque or family members of those who have plaques on the wall to come in and claim them. We understand that they have a special place in many people’s hearts.

Change is hard and I’ve already gotten flak from some regulars but I believe that as a restaurant Johnny’s will flourish because of it. Just the thought of putting a fresh face on Johnny’s has already put a much needed wind in my sails. As we sneak up on 18 years as Johnny’s owners we need to add some vigor to the place.

Despite finding a more lucrative job in construction, Jonny (aka Cakes) is graciously helping us out in the kitchen until we find an energetic and creative cook to fill the position. So come on down, enjoy a great meal or a frosty beverage and claim your plaque. We plan to start renovations in November so interested parties should pick theirs up by then.

Thank you, Cat



4 Responses to It’s Time for a Facelift

  1. Linda says:

    WOW! Will it be done for Lights On? We may have to come on down and check it out!!! Take lots of pics….

  2. Kathy says:

    Great! Can’t wait to see the new look. Good luck.

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526 San Benito Street
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