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Renovations, new menu add heat to Firehouse

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Aaron Meisheid, left, and Matt Anderson, owners of The Firehouse Kitchen in downtown Prescott, just celebrated the one-year anniversary of taking over the restaurant.

Brett Soldwedel/The Daily Courier<br> Aaron Meisheid, left, and Matt Anderson, owners of The Firehouse Kitchen in downtown Prescott, just celebrated the one-year anniversary of taking over the restaurant.

PRESCOTT - Matt Anderson and Aaron Meisheid have worked in the restaurant business for 12 years and have known each other for half of that time.

They worked together at the Gurley Street Grill in downtown Prescott, where Anderson was the manager and Meisheid was the general manager, and at The Office, which has the same owners.

The two men decided to strike out on their own, so they bought the Firehouse Kitchen in December of 2009. The two-story red-brick eatery is located at 218 W. Goodwin St., Prescott.

"Working for other people as long as we did, we felt we were running those businesses successfully, and we thought we could do it ourselves," Meisheid said.

"I am a chef by trade," said Anderson, who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. Meisheid handles more of the business side.

The business partners report positive results.

"We have changed the menu, the wine lists," Anderson said. "We have remodeled the bar (and) changed a lot of equipment."

Anderson said he and Meisheid have rebuilt the business while acknowledging, "We had a lot of obstacles. There was a lot of potential."

In two months, volume doubled, and now is three times higher, Meisheid said.

Firehouse Kitchen features American cuisine prepared with French "classical influence, using different sauces, making everything from scratch," Anderson said.

Lunches range from $7 to $12, and dinners cost from $11 to $28, Meisheid said. The Firehouse offers incentives, such as a lunch club card in which the fifth lunch is free. Its Facebook page offers incentives as well.

Lunch hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and dinners are served from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and Sundays, and from 4 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The Firehouse is closed Mondays.

Happy hour takes place upstairs from 3 to 8 p.m. The upstairs patio is heated.

The Firehouse also caters private events, including weddings, Meisheid said. The Firehouse has the capacity for 160 people. Meisheid said walk-ins are welcome, adding reservations are accepted.

Meisheid and Anderson plan to offer value menus beginning in January.

"We are going to start getting creative," Anderson said.

Opening other restaurants might be in their plans as well.

More immediately, they plan a champagne toast and music by Terry Wheeler on New Year's Eve.

For more information, call 776-4566.