Wanda Crider knows she is ready to move to Glen Rose. It's a move she hopes her children and grandchildren will also make.
For now, Wanda, her husband, Curtis, and son and daughter-in-law, Clint and Ashley Crider, are making a regular commute from their homes in Granbury to their new business. Meanwhile, the family is looking for a piece of Somervell County to make their home.
Until then, they are working to make Hollywood & Vine Restaurant, which they purchased on Dec. 18, their own.
The Reporter sat down with Wanda Friday and got to know more about the family and their dream of expanding the business that is already established as a hometown favorite as well as another restaurant, which Clint is still managing in the Metroplex.
1 - What attracted you to the city and restaurant?
We had always come to Glen Rose and really like the community. I am a country girl and Granbury is growing up way too quickly for me. Prior to moving there, I lived in a tiny town where all of the children went to one school with about 200 students. I have several grandchildren I would like to see here. Glen Rose has a great school system and a lot to offer. So, we - myself, my husband and Clint and Ashley, they have two kids - had been looking at land, looking to move to the area. (The couple has two other children and an additional five grandchildren who live in Hood County.)
My family had been to Hollywood & Vine, I hadn't been here myself. But we were looking for a new business opportunity. Clint was searching on Craigslist when he discovered it was for sale. We decided to come look at it, and as soon as I walked through the front door, I really liked the ambiance and spirit of the place. I decided this is really what I want to do.
2 - What changes have you made in the first few weeks and what is on the horizon?
We have put a lot of time into cleaning up. The first couple of weeks have been crazy, we have a lot to tweak to make Hollywood & Vine our own. But we have only made a few small changes, things like a new salsa and gravy. We are taking things slowly. As far as what we plan to offer, Tuesday night pool tournaments will still be held at 7:30 p.m. and the live music will also remain. As far as major changes are concerned, we want customers to tell us what they want. We don't want to change the things customers have grown to love but we would like to offer new things they want and expect. We plan to implement a lunch menu for working people, quicker lighter options, things like salads that would allow them to call in an order or zip over and grab it and go.
3 - We hear you are looking to vamp up the property.
We hope to utilize the full property. The goal is to offer a rental - party and reception facility for private functions - at the building next door. I would like to renovate it in a rustic style. It offers a kitchen area for catering and preparing baked goods. I would also like to renovate the ice cream parlor to offer a place children will enjoy and a separate room away from the bar to host birthday parties or other gatherings with kids. We also want to transform the area where a number of Dobber's (former owner Dobber Stephenson) art is hanging (near the restrooms) that he is taking. We would like to invite the community to bring in old war and military service photographs - not new ones, but older photos - of themselves or their family members. We will reprint, frame and hang them on the wall as a way to honor veterans. I would like to do something in here just for them.
Do you have suggestions? Leave them on the restaurant's Facebook page, "Hollywood & Vine" Glen Rose. Wanda said she cannot promise your ideas will be implemented, but every suggestion will be considered.
HOURS: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. every Tuesday-Thursday and 11 a.m.-midnight on Friday and Saturday PHONE NUMBER: (254) 898-0250 WEBSITE: hollywoodandvinerestaurant.com