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Michael Scroggins worked for Wal-Mart for 20 years, but he really wanted to own his own restaurant.
On April 6, his dream became reality when he opened Michael’s Steakhouse in Williamstown.
The county’s newest restaurant features hand-cut fresh steaks cooked to order.
“We wanted to open a restaurant in Williamstown and keep the prices reasonable,” said Scroggins.
Neither Michael nor his wife, Becky, had owned a restaurant before.
Michael said the first couple of days were a “learning curve for all of them.”
But, he believes that the bugs are working themselves out and his staff is working on faster and better service.
Michael’s had their official grand opening on April 7 and drew many customers.
Michael said while the wait times were slow, he’s hoping customers who came in the first few days the restaurant was open will come back and give Michael’s Steakhouse another chance.
“We apologize to anyone who left and weren’t satisfied,” Michael said. “We’ve had some growing pains and we’re learning and getting better.”
The restaurant is a family affair. Michael works there every day as does Becky, when she’s not working a full-time job at Wal-Mart. The couple’s children also help out. Michael’s employs a total of 16.
The couple have lived in Williamstown all their lives and that’s why they wanted to open a restaurant, specifically in Williamstown.
“We wanted to give people a reason to stay in Williamstown,” he said.
He also plans to shop locally whenever possible, saying he would use the Grant County Farmer’s Market when
fresh vegetables were available.
The restaurant seats 104 and its focus is steak. Michael said he’s working on perfecting the ribs. In addition to steak, the restaurant offers sandwiches, salads and burgers.
“Outside of taste, we wanted to keep the prices reasonable,” he said.
In addition to steak, the restaurant offers sandwiches, salads and burgers.
Hours: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Noon – 9 p.m. Sunday