Posted 9/01/15 (Tue)
By Kevin Killough
The long-anticipated steakhouse in Tioga is no longer rumor.
The Bucking Buffalo hosted a “tasting” for a select group of people in Tioga Wednesday night.
The event functioned as a test run for the official opening on Friday.
“I think it’s going to be a big asset to Tioga,” said area resident R.A. Fann, who is friends with the owner, Bob Rupert.
Rather than taking orders on Wednesday’s test run, the staff served guests various signature dishes, sides, and appetizers. This included the beef brisket, which was smoked in the establishment’s own smoker and covered in a sweet BBQ sauce, and their house-recipe chili.
The guests were also served with coleslaw and buffalo wings.
“The whole purpose is so we can see how things go before the full-time experience on Friday,” Rupert said.
The pace of the staff was frenzied on this first run, but they were organized, friendly, and the service timely.
The event brought out business and community leaders in Tioga, including Commissioner Ronda Davidson, Police Administrator Jeff Spivey, and Community Development Director Melissa Koch.
The restaurant is likely to draw people in from the surrounding region, and many Stanley residents came out to try the food.
“It’s another very good option for dining in the area,” said Jeff Holcomb, a resident of Stanley. He said he would make the drive again.
Wyatt and Becky Goettle also drove over from Stanley. He said he would likely return, as the steakhouse is the only one of its kind in the area.
“To get something on par, you have to go to Minot,” Wyatt Goettle said.
The couple has dined at the Bison Room in New Town, which Rupert also owns. They said the Bucking Buffalo is much more of a family restaurant than the high-end dining offered at the Bison Room.
The Goettles said they too would make the drive to eat there again.
Rupert said he was pleased with the turnout and how well the operation ran.
“We are so blessed to be in the Tioga community, which has welcomed us with open arms. We think this community will really like what we have to offer,” Rupert said.
The Bucking Buffalo is located on Elm Street behind the Cash Wise liquor store. It is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The bar will be open until 1 a.m.