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Leff-T's has new ownership, 'hometown' atmosphere

Daryl Davis and Raven work together - sometimes at the grill, busing tables, or mixing frosting for the carrot cake - as new owners of Leff-T’s Steakhouse & Grill in  Dewey.<br>
TribPhoto/Sue Tone

Daryl Davis and Raven work together - sometimes at the grill, busing tables, or mixing frosting for the carrot cake - as new owners of Leff-T’s Steakhouse & Grill in Dewey.<br> TribPhoto/Sue Tone

Leff-T himself would like how new owners Daryl Davis and Raven have revamped the western restaurant out Highway 69 in Dewey.

The "hometown" atmosphere in Leff-T's Steakhouse & Grill is not only part of the new look and added menu items, but so is Leff-T, the golfing cowboy.

"Leff-T was a cowhand, a drifter, who lived and worked around here," Davis said of the fictional person - who is still "in the works" - he predicts his loyal customers can relate to.

"We hope to create a hometown atmosphere with uptown casual dining," he said.

Photographs of customers on horseback grace the walls in the back area or "family parlour." Davis said he anticipates groups will use this room for meetings, or families can reserve it for large gatherings.

Davis and his wife Raven are not strangers to the area. They managed the Olsen's Grain stores for 12 years, and also own the Barbudos Burrito Company, a small Mexican baja-style restaurant on Willow Creek Road in Prescott.

Leff-T's offers Sterling Silver, high-quality, beef in the form of top sirloin, ribeye, T-bone and filet mignon menu items. The chicken and ribs meals come straight out of the rotisserie mesquite smoker out back.

Newly added "comfort foods" include liver and onions, chicken-fried steak, and house-roasted turkey and gravy. Customers will soon be able to order these items off the menu any day of the week, but for now, Davis offers them as daily specials.

Raven creates fresh desserts such as the ever-popular apple cobbler, bread pudding, crème brule, and carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Customers can often find Davis behind the grill.

He said they take pride in using fresh ingredients, grinding beef for their burgers daily, and making mashed potatoes from scratch. They serve two homemade soups daily, one being the house Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice soup served every day.

The restaurant has not been open under the new management long enough to earn the Golden Plate award from the health department as has the Barbudos Burrito Company. But Leff-T's is on its way to the same high standards with "outstanding" marks.

The bar and lounge area offers a happy hour from 3-6 p.m. with appetizer specials and several TV screens for sports fans.

The couple has more than 25 years experience in the restaurant business in the Southern California area, including Lawry's Restaurants, Black Angus Restaurants and Clearman's North Woods Inn.

"You'll see us busing tables, in the kitchen, serving coffee. We have a lot of experience and can do all positions," Raven said.

Davis said they have worked through two restaurant recessions and know what it takes to stay open.

"We try to work with customers when they can get out," he said.

He's noticed that regular customers are coming in less often at the Prescott Restaurant, perhaps twice a month instead of once a week.

Leff-T's is accessible for those with handicaps, and the empty property next door is available for anyone wanting to park their big rigs, horse trailers or buses.

The steakhouse is open daily, Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m. It is located at 50 S. Highway 69, #12, near Kachina Place. For more information, call 632-1388.

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