After sitting empty for several months, the restaurant at 820 Highway 92 has re-opened as Gerhard's. During the closure, the facility was extensively renovated to create a refined, yet casual, dining atmosphere.
Less visible, but equally important, are upgrades to the electric and HVAC systems which will add to the comfort level of diners.
With his name on the line (and on the sign out front), Gerhard Schopp will be doing everything possible to create a pleasant dining experience by offering something for everyone — even those with special dietary needs. The menu features German dishes that represent the Schopp family heritage. For Wiener Schnitzel, the classic Bavarian pork cutlet is breaded, pan-fried and served with German potato salad and red cabbage. The Jager Schnitzel also features a Bavarian pork cutlet, but in this entree it's topped with a mushroom brown sauce and served with spaetzel and red cabbage.
Other menu items will be more familiar — chicken fried steak or chicken, prime rib, baby back ribs, fish and chips, shrimp scampi, pasta and Gerhard's signature steaks. Salads, soups, appetizers and dessert round out the menu.
For lunch, pair a bowl of clam chowder, steakhouse chili or the daily housemade soup with a sandwich or fresh green salad. A number of the dinner entrees can be found on the lunch menu along with a wide array of sandwiches, from burgers to BLTs. A kids' menu is available.
In the bar, Gerhard's mixes signature cocktails with quirky names like "The Birthday Suit" and the "One-Eyed Roger Rabbit." Wines, spirits and brews (bottled and on tap) are also offered.
With an entirely new staff, Gerhard's wife Jeri says their focus is on training, with the ultimate goal of building a loyal following of repeat customers.
Gerhard can most often be found in the kitchen, while Jeri handles the front of the house. Their daughter Erica, age 22, is also part of the family operation, learning how to cook alongside Gerhard and helping out in front as needed. Jeri and Gerhard have been married for 30 years, and for the majority of that time they've been in the restaurant business together.
"It's in our blood," says Jeri. They owned a restaurant in Seaside, Ore., from 1994 to 1998, when they moved to the Seattle area. Earlier this year they closed the restaurant in Seattle to move back to western Colorado to be closer to family members. Gerhard is the youngest and last Schopp to run the restaurant on Highway 92.
The Schopps are proudly providing jobs for 29 area residents, a number that's sure to increase once the banquet room begins to be utilized. The banquet room will seat 125-150 for conferences, wedding receptions and other special gatherings. Now's a great time to call for Christmas party reservations, so you'll be able to book your first choice of dates.
Gerhard's is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Reservations are not necessary but can be made by calling 874-7688.blog comments powered by Disqus