DANSVILLE — The Old Madrid has dusted off its old look, and has gotten a make-over with the help of the new owners.
Crystal and Ryan Burns have taken on the task of creating a sports-bar-type atmosphere to downtown. In turn they have also created a nice family-friendly restaurant area to keep away from the hustle and bustle of the bar scene.
On Aug. 26 the Burns family celebrated their grand opening with family, friends, and community members. Candice King, manager and Crystal’s sister, Dennis King, Candice’s husband, and Stephanie Gleason, head chef, have worked hard to help out with the restaurant. It has truly become a family-run business.
“We have our home-cooked meal specials we change up every week,” Crystal Burns said. “We have a good variety of pasta, seafood, steaks, and bar food.”
Since they opened in July there have been a lot of people interested in the sports bar atmosphere outside with the Dug Out mini bar, picnic tables, volleyball court, cornhole, and a DJ or live band.
“We made our restaurant side family-friendly, so they don’t have to deal with the loud noises in the bar,” Burns said. “We are only do dinners now, and might expand on breakfast and lunch if we get enough people interested.”
Ryan Burns said that being here has made him feel like part of the community, and he fully supports his wife’s dream.
“I told her let’s go for it,” he said. “People really love the food here, and we get more and more people every day.”
Their most popular dish so far is the mac and cheese with chicken, seafood, three cheese, or ultimate.
Ryan Burns said that Dennis did all of the restoration work inside and outside to make the place the way Crystal envisioned it.
Crystal Burns said that they are going to have Volleyball, Dart, and Pool Leagues starting up.
Michael Sparling aka Mr. Scribbles came to celebrate with his famous drawings at the grand opening.
“I had a steak dinner here and it was fantastic,” he said. “Bonnie (Gray) the mother of the owner asked if I would come down.”
Mr. Scribbles has a tradition of doing a special drawing for the owner of a new business. Crystal Burns remembers getting them when she was a child, so she was happy to have a special one.
Sparling said he began doing Mr. Scribbles handprints for memorials that say ‘so we can always keep in touch.’
Sparling also came up with an idea for soldiers to have handprint letters of their children sent to them, or to send their handprint letters to family.
“If a kid gets their father’s handprint with a letter through it that would mean alot to them, and if the father gets one with their kid’s handprint it will help bring them back home,” Sparling said. “We have all traced our hands at some point, but this makes it more profound. Any chance you can get to trace your hand and send a letter to a soldier letting them know you are right there means a lot.”
CB’s Bar and Grill is located at 130 Main St. The restaurant side is open Tuesday through Saturday 4 to 9 p.m. The bar side is open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 4 to 11 p.m., Thursday 4 to midnight, Friday and Saturday 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., and Sunday noon to 8 p.m. The place is available on Saturday and Sunday when they are not open for weddings, graduations, baby showers, bridal showers, and other events.