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Golf course grill takes monumental step forward: Holiday parties provide early soft opening
December 24, 2015 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen The Monument Grill at the Monument Shadows Golf Course plans to be open by February to offer a wide variety of food to the public.

With the Gering City Council’s approval of a liquor license application, the Monument Grill takes a step closer to opening at Monument Shadows Golf Course.

Council members approved the license as part of several items that needed to be addressed at a special meeting on Dec. 18.

The council had earlier contracted with Brody and Stephanie Rask to operate the restaurant. Stephanie, the daughter of Carla and Scott Swanson of the Union Bar, has grown up in the restaurant business. Her husband, Brody, also helps at the Union.

After a 12-minute special council meeting, Brody said they still need to hear back from the state for approval of their liquor license. Stephanie has already completed the state-required training for alcohol servers, and Brody said their new staff will be trained as soon as they’re hired.

“At the latest, we’re hoping to be open by Feb. 1,” Brody said. “It could be mid-January if state approval comes through sooner.”

He said everything else is ready to go. They’ve already provided the food at four Christmas parties and several business meetings. Some cooks have already been hired and the rest of the staff will follow as opening day approaches.

“We didn’t do a lot to the building itself because the city did a fabulous job in remodeling and decorating it,” Brody said. “The big change will be the menu.”

In the works so far are anytime breakfast, a champagne brunch and dinner seven days a week. The menu will include prime rib, steaks, burgers, crab legs, halibut and other seafood, and pasta.

Their stated plan is to turn the facility into a “really nice restaurant” that caters to both the golfers and the larger community.
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