Update: Tuff Ranch is now McNary Restaurant & Lounge
N and I couldn't stand the anticipation. A new barbecue restaurant in town? It was date night and we were raring to go take a look at what was happening at Tuff Ranch BBQ!
As soon as we entered, we were greeted by John Carter, one of the owners. No need to grill this guy, it's obvious he and his wife, Alaina, have a dream and they're eager to share their story and plans. In the brief time they've been at McNary Golf Club, they've been planning and preparing an interior facelift, training new employees, getting all the necessary permits and (oh yeah) feeding people. Despite living and breathing Tuff Ranch BBQ, John was being a gracious host during our visit and making a point of stopping at each table to chat and express gratitude to the customers continuing to come inspite of the restaurant being in a state of reorganization.
John said that opening Tuff Ranch at McNary is like coming home. He began working at the golf club's driving range when he was 13 years old. By the time he was in college, he had worked his way up to bartending. After listening to John, both N and I have a good feeling. They're making changes to the interior space, they're building relationships and they're getting a feel for what they believe people are looking for in a restaurant.
If you're interested, I suggest giving them a try during their grand opening on Feb. 13. They're going to roast a pig. Don't forget to call and make reservations.
165 McNary Estates
Keizer, OR, 97303