J.W. Snack's opens new dining room, bar


After months of renovating, the new dining and bar area at J.W. Snack's Gulf Coast Bar & B-Que, 210 E. Victory Way, is open.

The new area opened Friday, and the former dining area is now closed for renovations.

"We did all of this to create a unique environment," said Danny Griffith, who has owned the restaurant with his wife, Teri, for a year.

The 1,250-square foot dining room was originally a canopy to cover gas pumps at a Texaco station built in 1962, Griffith said. He said he used many recycled materials -- including old roofing from other businesses in town and glass blocks from the now closed Cosgriff Hotel -- to decorate the dining area.

The new space includes a fireplace and bar, and will soon feature a 10-foot wide TV.

"So you can see and feel the action of any sporting event," Griffith said. "If you want to watch 'As the World Turns,' I guess I'll put that on there, too."

Griffith said he wants the restaurant to live up to its name by having a Gulf Coast feel and displaying items of his great-grandfather's, for whom the restaurant was named.

The former dining section is now closed for the remodel and Griffith said it will take at least a year to complete. He is adding new restroom facilities and a game room to the 600-square foot space.

Griffith said he is not sure what the restaurant's hours will be with the new dining section open. He said hours will be dictated by the public's interest.

Former deputy district attorney joins firm

Erik Olson, an attorney with about five years experience, has joined local attorney Sherman Romney's firm.

Romney, who has seven years of private practice experience and spent six years as the Craig city attorney, said this is the first time he's had an associate working with him.

"I think it's working very well," Romney said. "It's nice to have another attorney to share the caseload."

Olson resigned from the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office in October after nine months as a prosecutor. He said he wanted to stay in Craig because he enjoys the small-town atmosphere.

Olson joined Romney about three weeks ago. The two met working on cases together.

"Erik's doing as much criminal work as comes our way," Romney said. "He's kind of our criminal specialist with all of his DA's office work."

With Olson joining Romney comes the need for a larger office space.

The two will leave their current space, 458 Yampa Ave. Suite 110, for 415 W. Victory Way, the current location of RE/MAX About You.

Romney said the move is expected for the beginning of the year. RE/MAX will move to 390 Yampa Ave.

Romney said he is excited for the changes and thinks Olson is a good fit for his firm.

"I think what we offer is we're kind of down-to-earth guys," Romney said. "People don't need to feel uncomfortable talking to us."

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