Milan Olejnik, Sr. and his son Milan Olejnik, Jr. have been franticly preparing for opening day of the Riverhouse Grill, a new restaurant located at 210 S.W. Barnard Street near downtown Glen Rose.
The father/son duo will act as co-managers and owners. Jeffery Parrack and Josh Main, both coming from Rough Creek Lodge, have signed on as chefs.
“It’s going to be an American grill, so we’ll serve a wide variety of foods in a casual dining atmosphere,” said the youngest Milan.
“We’re just trying to serve the community,” added the eldest Milan. “It’s a little bit different and nice, good food.”
Milan, Sr. has a long history in the hospitality industry with experience in five-star service and cuisine.
“I spent almost my whole life in the hotel industry,” he said.
The Czechoslovakian native has worked at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, the Del Monico Hotel, establishments in Florida, Dallas, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia and locally at Rough Creek Lodge.
He came to Texas and opened The Mansion on Turtle Creek Restaurant in 1981.
In 1992, Milan, Jr. started working with his dad, who was the service manager, at the Crescent Club and Spa in Dallas when he was 18.
The younger Milan was living in California when his dad started talking about coming out of retirement and opening up another restaurant.
“We wanted to be different,” Milan Sr. said. “Something unexpected.”
They finally found the white house across from the Somervell County Citizen’s Center and decided Glen Rose would be a perfect place for the new venture.
So, Milan Jr. moved to Glen Rose and began helping his dad get the new place ready for business.
Parrack said the restaurant features home cooking with a Texas flare, serving up lunch and dinner daily with brunch on Sundays.
The downstairs area will be for daily dining uses. Open seating areas lend themselves to comfortable meetings and quiet downtime.
The entire team has been hard at work making sure every detail has been thought out and taken care off. From hand selected sconces to a custom wine cabinet, The Riverhouse Grill offers casual dining at its finest.
The upstairs can be used as a special occasion area and can be reserved for wedding receptions and special occasions. The intimate seating arrangements are perfect for groups that need a little space from the crowds.
A small screened in balcony also offers a quieter dining space with an open feel in nice weather.
The Riverhouse Grill officially opened for business on May 11 with lunch served at 11:30 a.m.