DIXON – BombDigity owner Tom Conley said he is ready for his new restaurant to live up to its name.
“It’s funny how things happen. My 10 year-old-granddaughter, Jessie, would bring up the word ‘bombdigity’ in relation to good things happening in her life. She said it all the time,” he said.
After looking up the Urban Dictionary definition, he said, “That is how we got the name. It means that something is great beyond your wildest expectations.”
Conley opened June 6 for construction crews and June 7 for family and friends, including Ralph and Ruth Petersen, who raved about the food, specifically the sweet potato fries.
The doors were opened to the public a week ago today, and so far, they’ve had a steady stream of hungry, curious patrons.
With nothing more than an idea to enhance the “beautiful view of Plum Creek Arboretum” Conley and his brother Rick, a contractor, came up with a plan for the new restaurant. The only thing they knew for sure was they wanted to maintain the view.
After 24 years as Marshall Salon Services general manager, Conley said he was ready to see the vacant Brown Shingle, across the street from Marshall’s, make a comeback of sorts. The building was not salvageable, so in its place, he and Rick built a log cabin-style structure.
To pay homage to the 70-year-old roadhouse in which he had eaten hundreds of times, though, Conley is displaying its mirror.
There are vaulted ceilings, an open floor plan and three dining rooms that seat 120 and boast a view of the prairie.
On average, meals cost $10. Eight gourmet burgers made with Pat LaFrieda Angus, along with many appetizers, soups, salads and wraps, are on the menu.
“The difference is what we put into it,” Conley said. “No one else in the area has Frieda.”
The kitchen staff consists of three chefs and a team of 12. Conley said he purposely did not hire a head chef because each of the three brings a different thing to the table.
“I wanted to build a dynamic in the business unlike anything I’d ever seen. These three people put their heads together and did an amazing job creating our entire menu.
“I think people will be impressed with my team,” he said. “I certainly am. The key is to surround yourself with people who are smarter than you are. And they make you look so good.”
The bar has 10 beers on tap and 35 bottled varieties, along with 12 wines.
There is also a drive-thru window where meals and packaged liquor can be picked up, and a full apparel section.
Gina Venier & The Gentlemen will sing and play acoustic guitar on Thursday nights. Other local bands may be featured down the road, Conley said.