Since 1955, The Grill on Washington St. West has been serving home-cooked food to the West Side for 63 years.
Recently, business entrepreneurs have seen the potential the West Side possesses and pursued other local eateries. New restaurants such as Gonzoburger and Books and Brews has improved the area in terms of tourism, which has impacted the area’s economy in a positive sense.
David Arthur, owner of The Grill, has been holding down the fort along with his father since he was 18 – that’s 43 years he said. But he isn’t worried about any competition, in fact, he welcomes it. He has seen business drastically improve with the opening of other businesses.
“Well, I welcome competition, the more people that come, I’ve had people walk in here and say they didn’t know I was here and then they come in and eat my food and then they come back. Because Gonzoburger advertises so well, it got people interested in coming over here and so now they’re going to find other places to go as other places open up,” said Arthur.
And while Arthur sees many new faces stop to grab a bite, his regulars are more than just a friendly face. He’s coming in to work is not really work to him, because he gets to see his friends everyday.
One friend and his wife who have been stopping at The Grill regularly for the last 25 years raised their family on the infamous wings and corn bread. In fact, Tom White went to the same high school as David and shared with 13 News some great memories together off camera.
“When people come back to town even if they don’t live on this side of town, they’ll come through it and go ‘wow look what’s going on nowadays,’ they’re really putting an effort these days making the place alive again,” said White.
Arthur is proud of his food and said, “I serve a good product and the customers recognize and we go a little extra and they really appreciate it. They tell me all the time how great things were and you know…it just makes my day and they walk out the door. They come in with a smile on their face and they leave with a smile on their face and you can’t beat that.”