Another mainstay restaurant in Craig has closed its doors amidst a rash of restaurant closures that began in October with the Golden Cavvy.
The VFW Restaurant closed its doors for the last time Friday.
But just as the Cavvy has reopened as the Baker House, there are plans in the works to reopen the VFW Restaurant as a different restaurant.
Trish Stauffer, current self described manager, book keeper and all around go-fer for the restaurant, said she plans to lease the space and open her own restaurant, Granny’s Place.
Stauffer said the VFW decided to close the restaurant because they said none of them knew how to run a restaurant.
“They were wanting to get out of it,” Stauffer said.
Stauffer said there are some things that need to be fixed and kitchen updates need to be done, and rather than working around guests they’ve decided to shut down for about six months before reopening as Granny’s Place.
“I’ve wanted to have a restaurant for a really really long time, most of my life I’ve wanted to, and I’m really excited about it," Stauffer said. “I think it will be fun. I think it will be a lot of work, but fun.”
Stauffer said she is currently working on a menu and continuing with the restaurant licensing process. She said the bar will no longer be a bar, but instead a soda fountain.
Stauffer had only worked for the restaurant for about two and a half months before she heard they were looking to lease the space. Having many years of restaurant experience under her belt, Stauffer jumped at the chance to lease the space.
“I’ve got all the pegs in the right holes I think. I just need a place to put my experience. And they’re offering it to me,” Stauffer said. “I’m really excited about the possibility of having another family restaurant in Craig.”
But aside from her excitement at the opportunity to open her own restaurant, Stauffer said the most important thing she and the VFW would like to convey to the community is their thanks for all the support over the years.
“We just want to thank the people that supported us for their support," she said. "It’s been a really long time, we’ve gotten to know quite a few of them really well and we just want to thank them for their support. I hope to see them again when we reopen.”
Stauffer said the VFW will still host banquets upstairs and bingo on Sundays during the updates.
Darian Warden can be reached at 875-1793 or firstname.lastname@example.org