By Liz Verley, Staff Writer
Cousins, Joel and Kory Hoheisel have purchased the former Meadowlark Combo (the original home of the Red Rooster) from their grandmother, Lydia Hoheisel.
Their new business, The Silver Bullet Bar and Grill located in Genola, opened for business May 1.
Joel said, “We wanted our own business and this building has a lot of family history connected to it. We thought people would like to see it re-opened. It has not been open as a bar since 1999.”
Their grandmother previously rented out the facility for special occasions after their grandfather relocated the Red Rooster in a new building across the street. For several years the grandparents and their family lived upstairs in the building.
“This had been a bar for many, many years,” Kory said. “It was also a hotel when the railroad ran through town. People would check into their rooms and then come down for a drink.”
Joel and Kory explained that deciding to purchase the business was made quickly. “We had a week of discussing if this is what we wanted. We purchased it April 1 and opened May 1,” he said.
Joel comes to the business with experience he gained while working at the former Double Deuce. Kory’s background is in real estate.
People visiting The Silver Bullet will find it light and friendly. “We put in new carpet, painted (including the bar), installed new kitchen equipment, walk-in cooler and new TVs,” Kory said.
Plans call for opening the kitchen June 1. The menu will have lunch and dinner specials, along with a bar menu and appetizers. Joel’s mother, Rosie, will be doing some cooking and will help get the kitchen up and running. The kitchen will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Deep fried foods and pizza will be available until 1 a.m. after June 1. The Silver Bullet has a full line of liquor, beers and pop.
“We want our customers to know we appreciate their support. While we have only been open a few weeks business has been good. We feel we have a friendly enviornment and are customer friendly,” Kory said.
“We are a small homey bar that can seat between 40 to 60 customers,” said Joel.
Something that seems to be the start of a tradition is the dollar bills tacked to the ceiling. “It is something that has been done previously in some bars. You put a tack through the bill, put a quarter on top of the tack, fold the bill and toss it up to the ceiling where it sticks. As the bill unfolds the quarter falls to the floor,” Joel said.
At the present time the cousins are the only employees but that will be changing soon with the opening of the full kitchen. Plans call for adding employees as needed. “I think we will have a staff of five to seven which includes the two of us,” said Joel.
An open house is planned for the end of July or the first part of August. Joel said plans have not all been completed yet but there will be prizes, entertainment, free food and drink specials.
The Silver Bullet will be open seven days a week: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Sunday, noon – midnight.