Posted 4/05/16 (Tue)
By Kevin Killough
The 42 Grill will soon become the 42 Bistro.
Owner Jodeen Bergstrom-Dean is moving from her current location to a new spot on Elm Street behind Cash Wise Liquors.
Bergstrom-Dean said she wanted to maintain a certain level of anticipation on what she has planned for the new restaurant, but she said it will have a “unique touch.”
“It’ll be different,” she said.
She said they will have their lunch menu and will be “beefing up” their dinner menu. This will include steak and seafood offerings.
The new location is much larger and more accommodating of homemade cooking, she said.
She also plans to have 10 to 15 beers on tap.
“We’ll focus on wine too. So, we’re not going to be the booming brawl,” she said.
She is also planning more upscale events that will include “appropriate dress” requirements. These include black-tie events and maybe a masquerade party.
The new location is the site of the now-defunct Bucking Buffalo. The restaurant only lasted a few months, but its closing opened up the opportunity for the 42 Grill.
Bergstrom-Dean said she was able to negotiate reasonable lease terms with the California company that manages the property.
The 42 Grill has been in disputes with the city over the permitting of its current location. The dining room was tacked onto the old car hop without a foundation in the early days of the oil boom.
The city had granted the operation on a conditional use permit on the understanding Bergstrom-Dean would build a new structure or move to a new location.
The restaurateur had explored various options around town, none of which panned out. Each incident led to further requests for renewals of the conditional use permit, and this past October the city refused to renew it.
After the restaurant continued operating, the city cited Bergstrom-Dean.
She said she is fighting the citation and the matter is still in litigation.
She said she is hoping the city will be accommodating as she goes through the permitting process for her new location.