If you’re looking for a bar and grill with a Cheers-like atmosphere, where everyone knows your name, perhaps The Station Pub and Grill, 8235 N. Silverbell Road, in Marana is just the place.
“Our customers enjoy the fact that we’re there,” said co-owner Clint Bolin. “We want to get to know them, their names, them as people. We want everyone who comes in to feel welcome.”
Bolin opened The Station Pub and Grill on May 18 with partner Amy Pappas.
“We fill that need of a place for people to go,” Bolin said. “People will walk over or ride their bikes here. They’ll have dinner with their families. They will walk with their dogs and tie the dogs in the patio area.”
Before opening in Marana, the two checked several other locations, but felt the Silverbell location fit their needs the best.
“We’re from the eastside, but moved to the northside so that we could get closer to my two daughters, who attend CDO and Copper Creek,” said Bolin. “My partner Amy has been doing this for 10 years. She has an extensive background in the bar and restaurant industry.”
Bolin said The Station’s growing success depends on support from “team members,” or their staff of four bartenders, eight servers and six cooks.
They chose the name “The Station” for their restaurant because it was short and simple, something that says community.
“It’s a place where police officers, firemen, servicemen, or federal employees can leave their patches,” he said. “We post them with Velcro on the railing on the back wall, behind the bar. That’s where service badges of customers are displayed. It makes people feel it’s their place, their spot.”
Their clientele is broad, varying between 25 and 65 years in age.
The pub has “a relaxed, fun atmosphere with entertainment,” said Pappas.
The bar and grill boasts specialty items off its menu. One popular item off the appetizer menu is jalapeno poppers, are filled with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon. A popular drink is the Station’s “Downhome” punch, which is made with Jack Daniel’s and juices, which is pretty fruity.
“Girls like it,” said Pappas.
Ten televisions are available for the viewing pleasure of clients. Those will be in steady use “once football and basketball season kicks in,” said Bolin.
Every Saturday night The Station hosts a live event. Acoustic guitarist Jay Faircloth comes occasionally to sing and strum his country and middle-of-the-road medleys.
In the future, Bolin said they hope to host car shows and bike nights.
“We’ll be having a car show and a bike night one of these days,” Bolin said. “We plan on having the fire department bring out a fire truck. Parents can bring their kids to check it out.”
The pair sponsors various youth organizations at the restaurant. The Marana 51S baseball team, and the Marana Broncos football team meet there.