David Zimmerman, manager at Sonny’s Real-Pit Bar-B-Q, said that his restaurant is almost there.
“We’ve already got the licenses and things, now we’re just finishing up,” he said. “We’ll be ready to go soon.”
That’s likely within about a week, he noted.
Zimmerman said that as far as the effect on business, “We’re already pretty busy without (alcohol), but I’m sure it will boost things at first.”
There’s been a bar in the front of the restaurant ever since the new facility was built a few years ago, as if it was waiting for alcohol sales to be made available to Somerset, which happened after a June 26 vote by Somerset citizens. Zimmerman said that wasn’t necessarily the plan, however.
“The floor plan comes from our stores in Florida, and they serve alcohol in the stores down there,” he said. “We’ve just used it as a lunch counter and kept the design.”
Now, he said, it could serve as a combination of both a lunch counter and a ready-to-go bar.
A call to Casa Grande Mexican restaurant revealed that it also is likely to start serving within a couple of weeks.
Other eateries might have a slightly longer wait. Chip Weddle, a manager at the local Ruby Tuesday American casual cuisine restaurant, said that his restaurant expects to have everything lined up to sell at the end of October.
Jennifer Quillen, a manager at Tumbleweed Southwest Grill Tex-Mex restaurant in the Somerset Mall, is less sure about dates.
“We haven’t heard anything yet,” she said. “We’re anxiously awaiting (word on when the restaurant have a license). We’re looking forward to it.”
She noted that the Somerset restaurant was believed to be the only store in the chain that wasn’t serving alcohol at this point. Tumbleweed is based in Louisville, Ky., and now operates around 60 locations in several different Midwestern states.