SPENCER – A popular eatery has reopened after the owner says it’s not for sale.
Spencer Grill and RV Park is located off Interstate 15 near the Montana state line. Its proximity to many recreational areas, including Stoddard Creek Campground and Camas National Wildlife Refuge, make it a tourist attraction for people from all over the world.
Paul Williams, the owner, closed the restaurant in August due to several factors. One of those reasons was to help his wife, Christine, for health reasons. In February 2011, he was involved in a car accident that left him with brain bleeding, broken ribs, a lacerated liver and other injuries.
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She says she’s doing a little better now, but it’s still hard at times.
“With that brain injury, when he gets tired and fatigued, it’s pretty traumatic to watch what he’s doing and what he’s going through, but he’s doing well. He keeps it in there,” Williams told EastIdahoNews.com.
Williams decided to open the grill in late December with the help of his family after he had no luck selling the property.
“We thought we sold it in mid-November. A guy sent a check … and got the paperwork … but things didn’t work out,” Williams said. “We talked about it, and we just decided it’s better to open our doors at least a few days a week to see what’s going on and where we should go.”
He said Spencer Grill is only open Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and is closed three days a week. He says the people who have returned since his reopening have been happy.
“They were all supportive and excited and everyone was very happy that we were open again,” she said.
He said that there are several changes. The menu has been reduced; however, breakfast, lunch and dinner are still served, and the quality of the food has not changed.
“That was the whole reason I got into this business. … Burgers are ground chuck and steaks are just premium cuts, and there’s really nothing like it. That’s what we’re focused on and we’re still focused on,” he said.
As for the property, Williams said he will continue to manage it until it is sold. The restaurant is featured online along with the RV park. It is described as “a wonderful opportunity to gain popular business through direct daily contact with thousands of travelers on I-15 passing through desirable Idaho hiking, hunting, snowmobiling and fishing destinations. National Forest in minutes.”
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“I just hope we can get somebody to buy it and run it. We just have to work until that happens,” Williams said.