Nortonville residents have a reason to stay home for good food
Story and photo by Dennis Sharkey
Things are hopping again in Nortonville.
On Saturday Hops Bar and Grill in Nortonville celebrated their grand opening.
Co-owner Alice Noll said they officially opened in December but wanted to have a celebration party to recognize the regular customers and hopefully bring in some new ones.
Alice and her husband, Ernie, have never operated a restaurant before but thought someone needed to step up when the town lost its only place to eat last year when Bootleggers closed.
“It’s a nice little town and it was sad that there wasn’t anywhere to go,” Alice said. “It’s good for the community and we wanted to have it so people wouldn’t have to go out of town.”
Alice still works a full-time job during the week as a nurse and Ernie oversees the operation during the week.
Once the restaurant was opened back up, Alice said they realized they would need some good help to keep the place going. Bridget Weishaar and Jenny Gore both worked at Bootleggers and were brought back to get things going again.
“Both are great girls,” Alice said. “They do a super job and we’re fortunate to have a couple of good employees like them.”
Alice said her regular customers have not been hard to please when it comes to fixins from the kitchen. She said most customers like the basic meat and potatoes.
Bootleggers was known for their homemade tenderloins. Alice said she got the recipe from the previous owner and the classic sandwich is on the menu in addition to daily home cooked specials.
Alice said as much as possible is made from scratch and no corners are cut.
“We wanted to provide good food at a reasonable cost,” Alice said. “The girls peel the potatoes. We don’t buy frozen and we don’t use instant. It’s more like a home cooked meal here.”
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