Originally Published: March 31, 2016 6:04 p.m.
Those heading through Prescott looking for some food without having to worry about the hassle and amount of people in the main part of the downtown area may want to stop at Prescott Station Grill & Bar. Having been in business since May of 2012, the restaurant is owned by Robert and Linda Gabrick, who started out with a restaurant in Carefree for about 10 years by the name of Carefree Station.
During the eighth year, Robert and Linda were looking to expand in the Prescott area, Robert said. They liked the climate, were looking to possibly retire here and opening a restaurant in the area made sense for cash flow, he said.
“We had a very successful restaurant in Carefree and we would do as much as half a million dollars in a month in season and a fraction of that in the summertime whereas here everybody wanted to go up to Prescott in the summertime,” Robert said. “It made logical sense to expand up to Prescott.”
With the Prescott location, there’s no fear of summer anymore, Robert said, stating his love of living in the area as he and his wife also have great landlords, he said.
When opening the original restaurant in Carefree, Robert and Linda weren’t too imaginative and could only come up with the name Carefree Station, he said. Over the years, the restaurant gained a loyal following and with the expansion, there was the desire to make sure the brand had an identity that people coming up would see the name with a similar logo and recognize it as the restaurant they loved in Carefree.
The owners have heard a countless number of times that Prescott Station is the best restaurant Prescott has ever had, Robert said.
“That breeds word of mouth and so when somebody comes in and has an experience like that, they want to share it and so as they share it, more people become regulars for us and whenever somebody pays us a compliment like that, we realize we need to work harder because we never want to disappoint them,” Robert said. “If somebody thinks that highly of us, the last thing we ever want to do is disappoint somebody that, at that moment, fell in love with us.”
It does seem that Prescott Station doesn’t disappoint those that have fallen in love with it, considering the restaurant has an average of three and a half out of five stars from such sites as yelp.com (164 reviews), tripadvisor.com (370 reviews) and zomato.com (22 reviews).
“We love having dinner here.”
“It was a fantastic meal to celebrate my mom’s birthday.”
“… we absolutely loved it from beginning to end.”
“The Station Burger was one of the best (if not the best) burger I have ever had.”
“This is a go to spot for my husband and I.”
Prescott Station sells a great deal of Mexican food and a good part of the menu was recently converted to focus on steaks, Robert said. The conversion came after finding that Prescott had no good steakhouses that worked with the quality of the beef, he said. Prescott Station offers Arizona-raised meat, some of which is prime and dry aged.
Prescott Station is totally dedicated to its food, Robert said, noting there isn’t a day where they don’t work to improve.
“I’m sometimes surprised that restaurants, they come up with an idea that is just OK and then they move on and that idea is frozen in time and it never improves,” he said. “No matter how great our recipes are, we’re always working on them to make it better.”
Robert also spoke highly of the staff, mentioning that he and Linda are blessed to have so many people in the front and back of the restaurant that love working at Prescott Station, enjoy each other and are proud of the food. That combination makes for a great experience for the guest, he said.
“I’ve done this for multiple decades,” Robert said. “It’s rare when you can put a group of people together, when you look at it and say ‘wow, they’re great.'”