New Restaurant Promises Comfort Food With A Twist

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The Journigan House, built in 1926, is the home of a new restaurant, the Main Street Grille.

The business will open May 22, according to general manager Jake Guzman.

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Executive chef Tom Cressy and General Manager Jake Guzman are preparing to open the Main Street Grille next week. The town's newest restaurant is located in the Journigan House (formerly Mad Dawg's and Mel's, the Mogollon Grill and Heritage House).

He said they planned to open sooner, but difficulty in filling the staff put them in a holding pattern.

Guzman said he tried every conceivable method of advertising the openings, but until word of mouth started circulating, they had only one person apply for work.

As of last week, Guzman found four bartenders, five servers, four line cooks, one prep cook and two dishwashers. The restaurant's executive chef is Tom Cressy.

"We're committing to absolute top line, customer-friendly service," Guzman said. "We will have a quality product. We are dealing with the best vendors and using the best quality ingredients. It's very affordable, family-friendly, casual dining."

The restaurant will feature entertainment and will have special focus on sports, with two 50-inch plasma flat-screen televisions in the sports lounge and two 30-inch plasma televisions in the bar.

"And we have this incredible patio," Guzman said.

The patio area will feature new dining sets and new landscaping.

Executive chef Tom Cressy was Guzman's stroke of luck. He said he was concerned about finding someone for the job.

"Cressy came to us and had a complete understanding of what we're trying to do," Guzman said.

"I'm a small town guy, I remember what dinners and suppers were like (in the Midwest)," Cressy said. "And I have been here since August and have been able to see what restaurants in the area are like and what's missing."

He worked at a country club in Scottsdale for four years and the Opryland Hotel in Nashville.

"Most of my work has been on the hotel side," Cressy said, "but I've done a little of everything."

Cressy promises dishes at the Main Street Grille will have a lot of flavor. Look for barbecue, steaks, seafood, old-fashioned classics like meat loaf and corn-on-the-cob.

"It will be comfort food with a twist," Cressy said.

He plans on offering both slow-cooked and smoked foods.

"The lunch menu will have very healthy, flavorful salads, burgers, wraps, chicken sandwiches and daily specials," Guzman said. "Some of the dinner menu will be available for lunch, but not all of it."

As for the desserts they're planning -- well, that's a surprise, Cressy said.

"We're here to make everybody proud and add to the culture of the community," Guzman said. "We're very excited and we're not going to let anyone down."

The Main Street Grille is located at 202 W. Main St. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with dinner service starting at 4 p.m. The restaurant will have a full service bar and a collection of the best wines in the Rim Country, Guzman said.

For more information, call (928) 472-6246.

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