Former J.R’s Chophouse in Grand Lake will reopen as Johnson’s Landing
November 25, 2008
The former J.R’s Chophouse-turned-furniture store on Highway 34 four miles outside Grand Lake is being reinvented as a new restaurant and bar.
John “J.R.” Waller’s son John, who ran the restaurant and bar establishment from September 2004 to July 2006 under his dad, is now leasing the space from J.R. ” reopening it, aptly, as “Johnson’s Landing.”
The junior Waller of Kansas City, Kan., plans to open as soon as the state-issued liquor license is received, he said, in roughly three to four weeks. Grand County approved the new liquor license during a public hearing Tuesday.
Johnson’s Landing will have hours from 3 p.m. to close, daily, with restaurant hours 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 10 p.m. closings on weekends. Waller, former general manager of the 250-seat restaurant Jumpin’ Catfish in Kansas City, is planning a dinner menu comprised of chicken, seafood, catfish, and prime-rib dishes ” “a good meal for a good price,” he said.
After managing J.R.’s until the summer of 2006, Waller said he returned to Kansas City and worked in the concrete business. “I just missed it,” he said for his reason to return to the restaurant business.
Patrons of the former J.R.’s establishment had expressed that they too miss having a restaurant and bar in that location, said the senior John Waller during the public hearing. J.R. plans to continue his tree service enterprise, according to his son.
The building has been fully remodeled, now with new wood floors and tiling, since J.R.’s Chophouse closed in September 2007.
“It’s the same place but with a different look inside,” Waller said.
Johnson’s Landing will have occasional entertainment, as well as two Foosball tables, a pool table and some other arcade games. The dining room will occupy its original space, he said.
The Johnson’s Landing building has been the place of bar/restaurant establishments since 1946, according to the county.
It originally was run by “old man Silvertips” as a saloon, then later in the 1970s and ’80s, a restaurant and bar belonging to Hazel Mosley.
Left over from J.R.’s Chophouse under J.R., a prominent sign still advertises the Grand Lake area as “A quaint little drinking village with a fishing, hunting and snowmobile problem.”
Another sign used to boast “Warmest Beer, Worst Food.”
The junior Waller plans to steer clear of that slogan, he said.
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