Cleats Sports Bar & Grill had a short-lived existence – less than a year – at Ninth and West streets where Shenanigans was before that.
Now Chris Schroeder is opening Buck’s Bar & Grill in the space.
While Cleats had a sports focus, Schroeder says Buck’s won’t.
“We’re just a bar and grill, but we’ll have a few TVs,” he says. “We’re focusing first on the food.”
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Schroeder, who retired after a career in electrical engineering, has never been in the restaurant business before.
So why now?
“A frickin’ hole in the head right now,” says Schroeder, who says he’s exhausted. He’s gutting the building and says it will have a rustic theme and look entirely different.
“It’s going to be unrecognizable.”
He’s hired David Harmon to be the general manager and create the menu.
Harmon, who says he’s going to have “out-of-this-world, slap-your-momma-good” food, says he’s had a 16-year career in various restaurants.
The menu will have hamburgers and steaks, homemade tacos and pies and some unusual items, such as Rocky Mountain oysters and mashed potato balls.
The theme will be everything “buck,” from deer heads to a Buck Owens guitar and album.
“Any kind of buck you can think of, it’s going to be (here),” Schroeder says.
Buck Naked will be the bar’s signature drink.
Schroeder won’t say what’s in the drink.
“You’re gonna have to get Naked one time and try it.”
There will be replica guns that customers can flip over to find replica buck shots to shoot drinks out of – four people at a time. It’s called the Buck Shot.
Buck’s will be open seven days a week, possibly even for breakfast. There will be family-style food service once a week.
“It’s going to be fun for everybody,” Harmon says.
“We’re leaning more towards the family,” Schroeder says.
He says there will be shuffleboard and other games.
Schroeder hopes Buck’s will be ready by the end of February but says it could be longer, because he doesn’t want to rush it.
“It’s going to be right when it opens.”