Chew on this: Lone Spur Café serves up Western flavor
PRESCOTT - Dana and Alan Grimley, who have worked in the restaurant business since 1975, moved here from Santa Barbara, Calif., nine years ago to seek a slower pace and "nicer people."
However, Dana said, "I like the fast pace of the restaurant business."
She and her husband opened the Lone Spur Café, across Gurley Street from the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza, in January 2005 after buying the former Plaza Café.
As the new owners, the Grimleys "gutted and changed everything," Dana said. "It was white walls, plastic lattice and flowers dangling."
The makeover involved creating Western décor that includes black-and-white photos, paintings, horns and horse collars decorating the walls, she said. Western music plays in the background.
"We are just more Prescott style," Grimley said, adding the Lone Spur Café serves "good, hometown food" in a "comfortable atmosphere."
Grimley said the Lone Spur is "very family friendly. We cater to the family, and our service bar keeps the bar off site. All our servers make drinks. We have nine servers. We have 20 employees."
Other restaurants in downtown Prescott are more bar-like, Grimley said.
Her restaurant draws a mix of local business people and tourists, Grimley said.
Grimley said she, her husband, and daughter, Renee Macculey, split management duties.
"Alan is in charge of the kitchen, making sure everything is consistent," she said. "My daughter, Renee, is in charge of the floor, making sure everything is smooth out on this end, and I just oversee it all."
Grimley said she started working in restaurants at age 15 in Santa Rosa, Calif.
Customers can start their day at 8 a.m. with a wide selection of breakfast items. (The full list of menu entrees is available online at www.thelonespur.com.) The selection includes a jumbo breakfast burrito, filet mignon benedict, chicken-fried steak and eggs, omelets, homemade oats and hot cakes.
"You can have steak and eggs with a bloody Mary for breakfast or a bloody mimosa," Grimley said.
Prices for breakfasts range from $4.99 for one pancake to $14.49 for a filet mignon benedict, which includes English muffin halves and potatoes. Customers may substitute egg beaters or egg whites for $1.99.
The lunch menu includes a variety of hamburgers and sandwiches as well as salads, and a half sandwich with soup, salad or coleslaw. The price range is $5.29 for a hot dog to $16.99 for a 10-ounce rib-eye steak that is served with garlic toast, French fries, and soup, salad or slaw.
The dinner menu is smaller and includes appetizers and entrees such as char-broiled or Cajun-prepared steaks, pork ribs, combination plates and seafood. The price range is $13.99 for a 10-ounce chicken-breast dinner to $23.59 for a 14-ounce prime rib. Dinners come with vegetables, rice pilaf or baked potatoes, garden salad and garlic bread.
"We are only open for dinner on Friday night to make it a special occasion," Grimley said.
She said the French toast special at $13.29 and biscuit and gravy plate at $6.99, both for breakfast, are customer favorites. The French toast is made from cinnamon-raisin bread, and the other dish contains "thick chunks of sausage and homemade white gravy."