Gladstone offers new 'Hideaway'
GLADSTONE -- Jerry Johnson and his employees are working to personalize the Enchanted Hideaway Bar so their customers feel more at home.
Johnson purchased the business in June and opened it July 24.
Sandy Dinius, who manages the bar, said decorating is still underway.
"We're doing walls where we'll have the local (Southwest Speedway) racers on the walls," she said.
They have started on a wall for local racing enthusiasts. They also plan to devote a wall to local firemen and one for bikers. Another wall is reserved for the rest of the customers.
"We'll take pictures of them and hang them," Dinius said. "It's to personalize the small town and make everybody feel welcome here and to have fun."
She said the decorations will also serve as conversation pieces.
Johnson said he opened the bar a week early because many residents had been asking about it.
"This town needed this business open," Dinius said.
A motorcycle run is planned to the bar on Sept. 19.
"We're looking at 100 to 150 (motorcyclists)," Dinius said. "It's going to look like mini Sturgis out here."
She expects many bikers to come from the Bismarck area, but hopes local bikers will join in.
Johnson owned the Queen City Club in Dickinson for more than 12 years, but sold the business earlier this year.
"I really didn't have plans of buying another business at that point," he said. "I wasn't looking, it just kind of happened."
He heard the business, which was formerly the Wagon Wheel Bar, was for sale and said one thing led to another and he purchased it.
"I had to have a place to drink coffee," Johnson said with a laugh.
Dinius and Bruce Steiner had worked for Johnson at the Queen City and were delighted when he invited them to work in Gladstone.
"I've done this all my life and what would I do if I didn't come back and work for Jerry?" Steiner said.
The venture also made things more convenient for Dinius.
"I live here so when he offered me the job it was a great opportunity for me not to have to drive or worry about the winter weather," she said. "And I know everybody here, so it's like being home."
The Enchanted Hideaway also has a grill and fryer and offers a variety of food. Johnson said the previous owners allowed children to come in to eat, but that will no longer be the case.
"We just decided that you have to be 21 to be in here," Johnson said. "I just don't think kids in a bar mix."
Customers were only allowed to smoke in one room of the bar before, but Johnson now allows smoking throughout the business.
There is also a fenced-in back yard which includes a fire pit and horseshoe pits.
"In the summer time, we might do some bands out there and steak fries," Johnson said.
Dinius said there are daily drink specials.
"You never know, it will be a surprise every day," she said.
An official grand opening celebration is Saturday.
The Enchanted Hideaway Bar is located at 471 Main St. It is open from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday.