Archive for Thursday, June 21, 2007

De Soto fixture Silver Wheel gets new spin

June 21, 2007

Although they've made big changes inside and out, the latest owners of the white stucco establishment on De Soto's Penner Avenue kept one thing the same.

"We didn't want to change the name," said Judy Dobbels, who owns the Silver Wheel with her husband, Butch.

They did want to change the community's perception of the tavern that opened in 1934 on what was then De Soto's western city limits. To do so, they started with a decision to drop the establishment's private club status.

Now that all can enter and be served, Dobbels is inviting them to do just that.

"Come in and see the changes," she said.

The Dobbels have completely remodeled the Silver Wheel's interior, adding a kitchen and a 900-square-foot dining room addition that will seat 42 customers to make it more than a bar.

In truth, the kitchen has been operating for some time, but it was decided to keep it low key until more of the remodeling was finished. Now that the new dining area is ready, they are getting the word out about the new Silver Wheel. And they want the new faces that find their way to the restaurant to know they are appreciated.

"One of our catch phases we like to use is, 'If you come in once, we don't know what you drink, but if you come in twice, we'll know," Dobbels said.

The Silver Wheel's manager, Phil Edwards, said the kitchen opens for breakfast starting at 6:30 a.m. and stays open until 9 p.m.

"We stress home cooking like your mother used to make," he said. "Everything's made from scratch."

Signature meals include a pork tenderloin, which the menu exclaims is "Wow sized and your taste buds will cheer," and hot beef.

"A half order will fill the plate," Dobbels said. "Along with real mashed potatoes."

Customers will find more to like than the food, Edwards said.

"You won't beat our prices," he said.

The renovation of the Silver Wheel is not complete, as De Soto residents can note as work continues on the exterior. Yet to be installed inside is a partition that will separate the new dining area from the bar, Dobbels said.

"There will be no smoking in the dining area," she said. "They can smoke all they want in the bar."

The final project of this phase of renovations will be to pave the parking lot, Edwards said.

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