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Committee receives two resturant proposals
August 23, 2012 Jerry Purvis   

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The committee that will help identify a new operator for the restaurant at Monument Shadows Golf Course considered two proposals at their Monday meeting.
Gering businessman Kent Ewing submitted one of the proposals. He currently owns the Oregon Trail Lounge and the Stagecoach Stop convenience store in Gering. His proposal would retain the current Mulligan’s name, but would develop a new color scheme and lighting. The décor would include artwork and photography from local artists.
Ewing would also hire a chef with a culinary degree and would provide a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu seven days a week. The restaurant would also feature entertainment on weekends and would be able to host wedding receptions, holiday parties and Husker football parties.
In addition to catering to golfers, the proposed restaurant would also target business and professional clients.
The second proposal was submitted by Natasha Formby, a local native who currently owns a beauty salon and day spa in Henderson, Nev. She has 10 years of experience in the food industry and worked with her mother, Pam Dawson, at the former New York Deli in Scottsbluff. She also worked in food service management in the Omaha and Lincoln areas.
Formby’s proposal would divide the current restaurant space into a lounge and restaurant area, and would change the name to Tavern on the Green. The operation would also feature a full lunch and dinner menu.
Committee members include city council members, city staff and members of the golf association. Members scored the proposals individually, based on the information provided in the initial proposals. Both Ewing and Formby will be contacted for interviews in the next few weeks. Then a recommendation will be made to the city council.
Gering wants the new contract to start on Nov. 1, 2012. That’s a day after the contract with the current operators expires. Rich and Michael Kline have operated the restaurant for the past four years, but earlier indicated they would not renew their contract with the city once it expired.
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