Mike and Cindy McCannon, owners, staff and patrons of The Buffalo Bar & Grill are celebrating Cinco de Mayo in a big way. There is a two-day party planned to christen the restaurant's new outdoor patio from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5.
The event is also an opportunity to welcome nonsmokers to the restaurant. "We'd been planning to put in a patio since last year," said owner Cindy McCannon. "The new law (banning most smoking inside) just speeded up the process."
The new patio features a fireplace accented with falling water made by Mike McClain of Artistry in Flagstone, plus both covered and open-air dining and a covered bar.
"We have really great food and much of it has a Mexican flair, because we owned Mexican restaurants in Peoria, Ill. for 20 years."
By separating the smoking patrons from the nonsmokers with the new patio, McCannon hopes everyone will come in and experience the great food that has been enjoyed by longtime visitors at The Buffalo Bar & Grill.
"People come just for our potato salad," she said. "Not too long ago a guy told Mike (her husband and co-owner), ‘Your burgers are great, but it's worth the drive from the Valley for your potato salad.' I thought that was great."
McCannon said they use high quality ingredients and custom-make almost all their dishes in the restaurant kitchen every day.
While the potato salad might be especially popular, as is the tortilla soup, some of the more unusual offerings are the chicken gizzard and chicken liver dinners.
The McCannons bought the restaurant in 2005, taking over Dec. 15 of that year and then began repairs and remodeling and now adding the patio.
"We have met a lot of great people and business is terrific," McCannon said. "We have a great staff and they've made our success possible."
She said more staff will be added, due to the new smoking law, because there will be customers both inside and out on the new patio.
Everyone gets to help break in the patio on Friday, May 4. There will be burgers and hot dogs, along with a full buffet of great side dishes -- including that famous potato salad. Food will be served from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and the cost is only $4.95. The McCannons will be giving away prizes and several of their beer distributors will also be participating in the fun: Republic, Golden Eagle and Alliance.
There will also be plenty of musical entertainment, McCannon said. Groove Defenders will bring their brand of rock, funk, blues and oldies to The Buffalo Bar & Grill from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, May 4, and again from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 5.
Cody Gibson and Landon Fitch will play their style of country and western music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, May 5 and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 6.
Music isn't reserved for special events at The Buffalo Bar & Grill. Every Thursday, the restaurant features a karaoke night with Nite Rider from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. He returns to serve as DJ on Friday nights that aren't set aside for celebrations. There are a variety of bands that play at The Buffalo Bar & Grill from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturdays. Among the bands guests will hear the John Scott Band, Cody Gibson and Landon Fitch, and Jaded. And Sundays, the restaurant is home base for Junction 87 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
On Tuesday nights, poker is played at 7 p.m.
The Buffalo Bar & Grill is open daily from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., with the full menu served from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The McCannons and their staff invite everyone to come to the big patio party at The Buffalo Bar & Grill Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5. "Come and enjoy our new patio with its fire and water feature, covered bar and dining, plus great food, fun and more," McCannon said.
The Buffalo Bar & Grill is at 311 S. Beeline Highway, Payson. For more information, call (928) 474-3900.