At the moment, Doug Brackin, Jeff Sievert and their respective wives, Joy and Joy, have no name for their new business collaboration other than "the restaurant."
The name will be decided in a Rim country-wide contest, for which entries must be submitted by Dec. 22. The winner of the $500 prize, as well as the winning moniker, will be announced Jan. 1.
Until a name is chosen, the Brackin/Sievert project between First American Title and the Chevron station on Highway 260 will be referred to as "The Restaurant."
"Our goal for opening day is May 1st," said Sievert, who already co-owns with his wife Payson's Country Kitchen and Ponderosa restaurants, along with another Country Kitchen in Globe.
"We'll be serving lunch and dinner upper-end, but fun. The menu will cover everything from sandwiches, for both lunch and dinner, to nice wine-and-candlelight dinners in the evening."
The price range has not yet been set in stone, he said. "We just want to be competitive and have a great time doing it."
The restaurant will be about 3,200 square feet, allowing a seating capacity of about 100, said Brackin, owner of the nearby Majestic Mountain Inn.
There are additional plans for "minimal" outdoor seating, and there will be smoking and non-smoking sections.
"I'm very excited and anxious," Joy Sievert said. "We've done well with the other restaurants, and I think this will be an even better experience."
The Sieverts will continue to own and operate their other local dining establishments, making them either restaurant magnates or "just very crazy people," she said.
"I'm very pleased that Doug and Jeff and the rest of their people have the faith and trust in our community to make this kind of investment," Payson Vice Mayor Dick Wolfe said. "It's very encouraging, and we want to see more of it."
Councilmember Jim Spencer agreed.
"This restaurant is going to be a great asset to our community," he said. "It's going to add another fine dining establishment to our landscape, and it will further enhance the beautiful Majestic Mountain properties, so I'm looking forward to seeing it open."
To enter the Name-the-Restaurant contest, drop off your entry at the Majestic Mountain Inn, 620 E. Highway 260, or at the Country Kitchen, 210 E. Highway 260, by Dec. 22. An official entry form can be found within this issue of the Roundup.