By Liz Verley, Staff Writer
Scott Gross and his wife Mary Ann, along with Bill Volbert, have formed a partnership in running the Double Deuce near Genola.
They took over the business March 1. Scott said, “We have made several changes and there will be more coming. We have cleaned and freshened up the rooms, added new carpet, repositioned some items, added jerseys on the wall and we plan on opening the dining room in the near future. We will have live entertainment every weekend. We are striving to be the true ‘sports bar’ of the area. We have given it the nickname ‘New 22.’”
“We have a whole new attitude here,” said Scott. “We want everyone who comes in to feel comfortable in a friendly atmosphere. Customer service is our number one priority. We want the customer to come in the door and it is our job to keep them coming back. A smile and good service make a big difference.”
“We want to cater to women, We will have drinks and food they will enjoy. We will have a place for them to feel safe where they can come, relax and enjoy,” said Scott.
Ashley Weaver has worked at the Double Deuce since 2006. This will be the fourth time management has changed since she began.
Weaver works in the kitchen. “It is nice to have more leadership. They have a drive to make it work and a passion to make it a better place for the customer. It is definitely better organized,”said Weaver.
“Our dining room is available for small parties, It will seat around 45 people and we will work with customers on the food options. We soon will be expanding our menu and opening the dining room on a regular basis,” she said.
The kitchen is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Daily specials are available. Weaver said, “We have a chicken buffet on Thursdays and ribs on Wednesdays, with cook’s choice the rest of the week.”
Scott said, “We are the only place around that serves the buffalo burger and we will soon be introducing the ‘Game Changer’ which is a 22-ounce burger.”
Bringing their expertise to the business, Mary Ann has tended bar throughout the area for 10 to 12 years. She is also the owner of The Flower Haven which will be opening by the end of April near Sue’s Drive In, in Pierz and by McDonald’s in Little Falls.
Scott said, “Mary Ann is the organizer. She is the heart and soul of the business.”
Scott has been a bartender at the Red Bull for seven years and has been at the Little Falls Country Club for the past four years.
At the present time, he works for a Brainerd radio station doing play-by-play of Brainerd High School’s hockey and football games. He also fills in where needed. He continues to work at the pro-shop at the Little Falls Country Club and is a full-time student at St. Cloud State University majoring in mass communication/broadcasting with a minor in marketing. He will be a junior this fall.
The Grosses have five children who all attend school in Pierz.
A grand opening is planned for Saturday, April 21. The event will be held all day with food and drink specials, promotions and give- aways. Outdoor activities will be available. Providing music in the evening will be “Smok’N Guns Band.”
Scott said, “Everyone is invited. People who drop in will see we have changed our logo, look, menu and attitude.”
The Double Deuce/New 22 is open Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. and Sunday, from noon – midnight.