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New surf and turf restaurant opens in Quincy

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By The Staff

The Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the grand opening of the West End Grille located at 1620 West Jefferson St. in Quincy next to Winn-Dixie. The chamber and West End Grille hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony June 22 as the restaurant opened for lunch. The restaurant will be open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2: a.m. and on Sunday, 11 a.m. to midnight.

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“The community is beyond excited about this locally owned restaurant,” said David Gardner, executive director of the Gadsden County Chamber of Commerce. “The main request that I have received since taking my position was that Quincy needed a full-menu restaurant. We now have one.”

The West End Grille, owned by Bo Edwards and his nephew and partner Brent White, creates an appealing atmosphere to tempt Gadsden County residents and visitors to relax and treat themselves to enjoyable cuisine.

Golden heart pine wainscoting and tobacco slats recycled from a Quincy tobacco packing house shine in the muted lighting. Refreshing apple green walls present a natural backdrop to exhibit original paintings and prints from Quincy artist, Williams H. “Bill” McKeown.

Sports fans and those needing to unwind after a long day of work can catch up on their ESPN at the gleaming bar or tables placed directly in front of one of three large-screen, high-definition televisions.

“Our concept was to be able to provide a restaurant for a sit down lunch or dinner seven days a week,” stated Edwards.

A variety of sandwiches and lunch plates including a ribeye sandwich, choice of three burgers, catfish, chicken tenders and fried oysters are available for under $9; a blue plate special will also be on hand as an additional choice. The West End Grille signature meal will be the weekly Sunday lunch offering.

Dinner selections range from surf and turf, and the West End Grille signature chicken to mahi mahi, the snow crab platter and Atlantic salmon. Seminole fans can even push their Gator pals’ buttons by ordering fried gator tail for an appetizer or a meal. An array of Coca-Cola products, tea and the full bar with beer and wine is available to choose from for your meal. Last but not least, the desserts on the menu allow guests to choose from the traditional key lime pie or try the unusual guava cheesecake. To go menus are available so customers can call ahead for pick-up orders.

Fount May sampled the dinner menu within the first few days of the restaurant’s opening. “I’ve already tried the restaurant and had a great meal,” said May.

The West End Grille employs approximately 42 staff members, all from Gadsden County. The skilled chef, Tony Veara, comes to the West End Grille with 19 years of experience from restaurants like Chili’s, TGIFriday’s and the Dothan Country Club. Sean Natale, the dining room manager, also has about 20 years of experience of restaurant management experience.

“We want to have a nice hometown feel, casual with familiar faces from Gadsden County,” said Natale of their all Gadsden workforce.

During the opening process, Edwards and White dealt favorably with city officials like Mayor Andy Gay, Quincy city Manager Jack McLean and commissioners Finley Cook, Angela Sapp and Keith Dowdell. They openly expressed appreciation of Gadsden businesses such as A.C. Electric Inc., Anchor Alarm and Electronics, Arrowhead Builders, Barnes Equipment Company, Burdick's Heating, A/C & Refrigeration, Bell and Bates, Climate Control, H.C. Frascona Plumbing Company, Joel Sampson Architec Inc., Main Street Design and Stone’s Home Center of Quincy.

Admiration of the refinished woodwork is owed to Ventry Construction whereas Frank Ventry also assisted with the audio and visual setup. It is Edwards’ intent to continue working with Gadsden County businesses and encourages them to contact him about their competitive products for the restaurant.

Contact Edwards at 850-875-1830 for more information about the West End Grille. Customers are encouraged to pick up a to-go menu and call ahead to pick up those orders.