After five years of labor, Roy resident Beth Stock has reopened the historic Roy Bar and Grill under the new name, “The Place In Roy.”
Built in 1926, the building was originally used as a meat market, not unlike Stewart’s Meats, Stock said, but it has been in the restaurant business since the 1950s.
“When I got the building, it was totally gutted,” she said. “There was not even one wire in this building except for one electrical cord that ran across the rafters and a couple (of) lightbulbs.”
She got the idea to buy the place, which sat vacant, while watching the television show “Bar Rescue.”
“I was like, ‘Well, I’m going to check into the place,’” Stock said. “And then I was like, ‘Hey, screw it, let’s buy the bar.’ I wanted an investment and a future and a retirement for my family. I thought maybe if I retire out here or use it as a future investment, that would be great.”
Doing her research on the place, she’d heard a rumor the septic system was bad, but a check from a professional told her this was not the case, so she went forward with the purchase of both the land and the building, she said.
She bought the building as she began to see the writing on the wall for the end of her marriage, so she “dumped everything into” the restaurant, she said.
“I started building it slowly over the first couple of years,” Stock said. “And then, we got divorced and I refinanced my house, took money against it and took a little loan against this place. (I) just dumped everything — literally my last pennies — into this place.”
She said she could not have done it without her kids and close friends, who put countless hours into the project.
Being a general contractor, Stock was able to do all the construction under her own business license.
Currently, Stock is still working on a liquor license for the bar portion of the business, but the family-friendly dining is full-steam ahead, with the soft opening of the business having occurred on Aug. 23. The business currently only serves breakfast, Stock said.
“In the future, I plan to do Halloween costume contests, Santa Claus, senior nights, barbershop quartets, (and) bingo,” she said. “I want to be 100 percent family-oriented and welcoming to everybody.”
In the coming weeks, the restaurant will be open for dinner takeout and dine-in as well, with expanded hours and menu items. Items will include homemade spaghetti, hamburgers, french dips, patty melts and burger dips, along with steak nights and Mexican offerings.
Right now, the restaurant serves things like biscuits and gravy, chicken fried steak and other breakfast favorites.
Along with the restaurant’s family-oriented theme — something Stock said is extremely important to her since her own family has made so many memories within its walls — she has pulled out all the stops to welcome other young families.
“There’s a section on my menu that says, ‘mom’s request,’ for the picky kiddos with options like a cup of noodles, macaroni and cheese in a cup or SpaghettiOs in a can,” she said. “If they want something like that, I’ll have it.”
She also has sanitized toys for kids to play with while waiting instead of crayons, an offering that has received rave reviews, Stock said.
Truckers often stop near the restaurant, so Stock has a plan to serve them as well.
“We’re looking forward to installing our CB (radio) soon, so the truckers can call in on the CB for their order, and we can run it out to them on the curb,” she said.
With the current labor shortage, Stock said she wouldn’t have been able to open without hiring her daughter’s friends as servers.
“Thank goodness for them,” Stock said as she got emotional. “When I bought the place, I told my daughter’s friends they were going to be the first ones to work here. And they were.”
Ultimately, Stock said she is more stressed than excited because she has put so much of herself and devoted so much family time to the restaurant, but she hopes all the work will be worth it.
“I’m very versatile,” she said. “I’m very open minded. I have a great sense of humor. And I have four kids who have invested blood, sweat and tears in here along with me.”
The restaurant is currently open from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday and can be found at 118 McNaught Road in Roy.