The floor is shiny and the full-length wooden bar is even brighter. The wait has been a bit long, but Loggers Tap House in Winston is open for business.
The restaurant, located at 41 NE Main Street at the intersection of Highway 42, opened on September 10 and continues to address some issues. Alterations are underway on the patio behind the restaurant, which is in fact the entrance. There are still some adjustments to the menu.
But the beer is cold, the TVs are working and last Friday a light but steady stream of customers came in to check out the place.
“It’s going well,” said owner Sam Gross.
The restaurant spans nearly 4,000 square feet, plus the patio. It’s designed to comfortably seat around 75 people indoors and around 40 outdoors, Gross said.
As you enter there is a waiting area filled with lumberjack loot – T-shirts, hats, water bottles and the like. There is a row of cabins along one wall and more seats in the middle of the main room. There are posters on the walls featuring things like beer making, different types of pizza, and the highways of Oregon.
Rows of lights hang from the ceiling and reflect off the floor, creating a festive atmosphere.
But the real eye-catching feature of the restaurant is the wooden bar, which spans over half the length of the entire rectangular space. A room still empty on the side will become the lottery hall, Gross said.
There are currently around 10 employees and Gross said he is still looking to hire more staff.
This is the third Logger that Gross is opening.
He opened Loggers Pizza in 2009 at 1350 NE Stephens St., Roseburg. In 2013, he rented out the old Beef N Brew building at 2060 NW Stewart Parkway and opened Loggers Tap House, named after the three dozen beers and ciders on tap.
The Winston restaurant is intended to be a cross between the original Loggers Pizza and the current Loggers Tap House, Gross said in a previous interview. The plan is to cut down on the menu – focusing on pizza, wings and beer – making it more efficient while still being quick and convenient for patrons both in and out, he said.
“We’re trying to create the perfect business model that we can duplicate statewide in the years to come,” Gross said.
Gross is also working on plans for a new Loggers which he intends to build from scratch on 6 acres of land he purchased overlooking the Winchester Dam on the North Umpqua River.
Gross said he chose the location “because of the stunning views and proximity to the I-5 freeway.”
He plans to develop the business in several phases. Phase 1 will consist of a steel frame building on the edge of the cliff near the dam, with Loggers Tap House and a bar inside, and up to eight food trucks outside. Phase 1 will cover over 7,000 square feet.
Phase 2 involves the expansion of the building and the installation of nine restaurants and a bar inside, all sharing the same space. Gross said he was still working on financing the construction of the restaurant.
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