From Stoney's to FireRock. Johnson Restaurant Group, the casual dining kings of Casper, Wyo., are dropping a 7,934-square-foot version of their FireRock Steakouse into the long-shuttered Stoney's North Forty Saloon & Barbecue space.
A tavern and restaurant concept, they are also looking to add 12 video gaming machines to the bar and create 980 square feet of outdoor seating. New exterior design elements will include iron guard railings, metal roofing and a back lit graphic sign featuring a steer. Inside, plans feature a main dining area, two bar lounges astride the rectangular bar and a 14 seat private "wine room."
Created by John Johnson, the company also operates Johnny J's Diner, the Old Chicago pizza restaurant, a sport's bar and liquor stores in the Wyoming city.
Built in 2006, the steakhouse is considered a casual space designed for customers "to come in to and shake off the dust after a long day." They explain there's "no need for reservations or to put on your 'Sunday-go-to-meetin' clothes. Just come as you are and we'll do the rest" and the un-fussy attitude extends to price points that include a "'high on the hog' style atmosphere...without selling the ranch to pay for it all."
Their motto is "steak, chops, seafood," but the full menu also includes burgers, pasta dishes and barbecue ribs. FireRock only serves Certified Angus Beef, aged a minimum of 28 days and cooked "over almond and oak on a wood fired grill. "
The project is headed to the City Council for expected approval.
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