Walhalla has a lot to celebrate of late including the opening of a new restaurant last fall. Waters Family Restaurant and Bakery, owned by Lance and Melissa Waters, opened its doors on September 29, 2018, and has been doing swimmingly.
By Melissa Anderson
“All-in -ll business has been great. We have gotten people from all over the state, even people from other countries,” Lance Waters said. “Social media is a wonderful thing.”
Waters Family Restaurant has a seating capacity of around 100, with 30 customers able to dine comfortably in the original building and an additional 70 diners in the addition. They offer daily specials, homemade soups, lots of appetizers. Just like the new spring, Waters will have lots of new daily specials coming this spring including a smorgasbord and salad bar.
“We have a pretty extensive menu ranging from breakfast – which is served all day, lots of sandwiches, a few dinner choices, homemade pizza and the pride of the Waters Family Restaurant so far is their broasted chicken. I also brought with me a sandwich which I concocted over the years called the clogger. It’s a 1/2 lb. burger with bacon and fried onions in between two grilled cheese sandwiches,” Waters said.
It isn’t just the delicious meals that Waters is serving up. They also have bakery items for those with a sweet tooth. Waters Family Restaurant makes doughnuts, long johns, bismarcks with raspberry filling and Bavarian cream, glazed rings and more- everyday.
“We also do cookies, caramel and cinnamon rolls, pies and dinner rolls. Melissa also does cakes for weddings and birthdays when she can,” Waters added.
For Waters, coming back to Walhalla and buying the restaurant has been a goal for him since his high school days when he worked there. Waters and wife, Melissa, have been part of the restaurant and food industry for many years.
“Between my wife, Melissa, and I, we have close to 30 years of experience in the food industry,” Waters said.
Waters has experience as a cook; he had worked in the kitchen for Ruth and Chris Wirtz while in high school. He moved on to manage the Mountain Chalet for a few years before moving to Grafton and working at Granny’s for eight years, six of which had him handling day-to-day operations as the assistant manager.
Not to be outdone, Melissa has spent her share of time in the kitchens having worked at Lutheran Sunset Home for almost five years and about nine years in the kitchen at the state school.
With the unpredictable weather lately, Waters Family Restaurant has been having to adjust hours accordingly but have consistent hours of 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays.
“We have been closing early some days due to weather and also Sunday and Monday nights due to it being slow but hope to get back to the regular hours in the spring,” Waters explained.
Waters would like to take this opportunity to thank the town of Walhalla and the surrounding communities for all the support that has been given to the new restaurant so far. Waters Family Restaurant also has their menu available on their Facebook page.
For more information or questions, please contact Waters Family Restaurant in Walhalla at 701-549-2443.