After spending all day on the golf course, everybody is going to want to get something to eat or drink, but the question is: Are your local restaurants ready for the rush?
Chef of the Ironwood Tavern, Jordan Tejeda, says, “well, we’ve got a handle of bourbon in the back of the kitchen. I’m just kidding.”
He jokes about the stress of the job. The restaurant opened six months ago and is swinging into Masters week for it’s first time.
“We don’t know how it is going to be, but we’re prepared for it to be really busy though,” says Tejeda.
Frog and The Hen has been opened for two months. Having the same owners as other restaurants in town, some of the employees have had a taste of Masters week, but they say the pressure is on.
Frog and The Hen Manager, Kyle Greiner, says, “I always like to see how everything goes between the restaurants, so I’m hoping we can definitely compete with them.”
The stakes are high, and people are hungry, but these local restaurants say not to worry. They made sure to buy in bulk.
“I ordered probably one case more than I think I’ll need, just in case,” says Tejada.
“We are overstocking out market. People can always come and get their chicken salads pimiento cheese, mac and cheese, whole chickens,” says Greiner.
Greiner says their market is an option to help shorten the wait list. Masters brings a large customer base and local dining areas don’t know what to expect.
“It’s just up in the air because I know a lot of people in this neighborhood rent out their houses,” says Tejeda.
However, Chef Jordan says, the customers are loyal.
“A lot of people that rented out their houses, they came by and asked for To-Go menus, so they can post them up in the house as like a welcoming,” says Tejeda.
Welcoming visitors with food is nice, but one special all the restaurants seem to agree with is what they can pair best with an entree.
“So, we are going to do a bunch of specialty cocktails for this week,” says Greiner.
“We do have the two drink specials that are going to the LLS Society,” says Tejeda.
A portion of Ironwood’s drink sales will go to Leukemia and Lymphoma.
“Make people feel good for drinking,” says Tejeda.
Ready or not, Masters week is coming.