New name, new look at Juniper's Bar and Grill
SLAYTON -- After being closed two months for renovations and repairs, the bar and grill formerly known as the Royal Loon is open for business with new owners and a new name.
Juniper's Bar and Grill, located at 3124 Juniper Street, has a contemporary look, but retained its comfortable, casual atmosphere.
"We did a lot of repainting, added new décor and countertops," said Megan Kruger, who owns the bar along with her husband, Logan. "The biggest part of the work was in the kitchen, where lots had to be brought up to code."
The new moniker came from the name of the street where the establishment is located.
"The building is kind of tucked back into a corner, so we wanted to incorporate the location and the name," she explained.
Megan grew up in the food service industry with family connections to a variety of establishments, including a bowling center, cafes and the former Royal Loon.
"I've always loved it and knew that was what I wanted to do," she said.
After graduation from high school in Madison, Wis., Megan was in Murray County visiting and met Logan. She decided to attend Minnesota State University, and in May 2008 she and Logan were married. They live in Avoca, and have two children, Weston, 3, and Payton, 1.
Juniper's opened for business in late May, and Megan said they have a strong base of loyal customers who are rather boastful about the new bar and grill.
"They are happy to see the place back open and full again," Megan said. "We've gotten lots of compliments and positive feedback."
Juniper's has an experienced staff and some talented cooks, including her father Bob Brown, Kaci Henning and "the famous Don Fischer." The menu was simplified and the food is exceptional, she said.
We're known for our steaks, our fresh patty burgers and we make our own pizza," she explained. "We really wanted to focus on fresh, not frozen."
Their menu also features ribs and broasted chicken, and recently sold out on their first-ever prime rib night. There are plans in motion for more buffets and specialty meals. A wider variety of tap beers was also added.
Inside Juniper's is both a bar area and tables for dining, and there is a party room that can be booked for events from meetings to weddings and anything in between. Juniper's also has an outdoor patio and tiki bar, volleyball courts and fire pit, along with tables and chairs for a fun night outdoors. The party room can seat 150 guests, the main room 350 and the outdoor area up to 400. There is also an 8-site campground with full sewer, water and electrical hookups.
"We have good food, great service and a fun environment," Megan said. "It's a 'come as you are' kind of place where everyone can feel at home."
Juniper's is open from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. weekdays, and the kitchen opens at 5 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, they open at 11 a.m. for a lunch crowd, and stay open through 1 a.m.
A grand opening is scheduled for July 20 through July 22. On Friday, July 20, there will be a burger and brat buffet on the outdoor patio, and the band Decadence will be playing. Saturday, July 21, includes a volleyball tournament, three-meat buffet and campfire fun with s'mores. The activities for Sunday, July 22 include a beanbag tournament and brunch buffet.