Bass & Bucks, Dow City’s newest restaurant, will open its doors to the public at 11 a.m. Wednesday.
The restaurant is a project of Ben and Amy Segebart. Its hunting and fishing theme is in memory of their son, Kolton, who died in May 2017 at age 16.
“The whole thing is based on the outdoors,” Ben said.
Ben is an electrical and construction contractor and has done much of the work on the restaurant.
Hunting and fishing were among Kolton’s favorite activities.
“We’re going to run specials and have promotions based on fishing and hunting,” Ben said.
Children will be encouraged to bring in pictures of fish they have caught, which will be displayed on a board for customers to view.
The Bass & Bucks menu will be similar to that of a Dairy Queen, with some specialty items.
“We’ll be serving a variety, with hamburgers and several different types of hotdogs,” Ben said.
A taco dog, a chilidog and a Chicago dog will be on the menu.
Ice cream, snow cones, chicken strips, cheese balls and nachos will also be for sale.
The French fries will be hand-cut and the ground beef will be fresh and made to order.
“Very few things will be frozen,” Ben said.
Barbecue will be added to the menu on weekends.
The whole Segebart family had a hand in developing the menu.
“We brainstormed it over a 14-month period from the time we first talked about doing it to this point,” he said.
“Hopefully we’re putting out a good product and something different – something that people really like.”
The restaurant will have a grand opening, but not until after the May 24 – 27 Dow City Sesquicentennial celebration.
“There’s just a lot going on from the time we open to the big town celebration,” Ben said. “We’ll be open all weekend for that.”
The restaurant will eventually offer membership cards for discounts on food and promotional items.
All of the seating at Bass & Bucks is outdoors, so the restaurant will close at the end of the season.
“We’ll run it until late fall and see how things are looking and how the weather is. We don’t really have a day we plan to close,” Ben said. “If the fall is pretty mild, we’ll keep running it until it gets to a point where we can’t.”
Once winter weather arrives, the restaurant will probably only remain closed for about two months before opening again.
As of this week, Bass & Bucks has all the needed employees.
Hiring additional workers will take place if the customer flow requires it, Ben said.
Getting the restaurant ready to open was a learning experience.
“You learn there’s a lot of rules and regulations you have to comply with and of course that all comes with a cost, too,” he said. “It’s been a learning experience.”
All of the construction and health inspections have taken place.
“Everything is good to go,” Ben said. “We’re just anxious to get the doors open.”
Ben will be at the restaurant most of the time until he’s sure everything is running smoothly.
Bass & Bucks will be open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
“We’re hoping to give the community and the customers something good and unique,” he said.
Bass & Bucks is located on Highway 30 at Prince Street in Dow City.