If you enjoy visiting Nebraska restaurants, then you might consider a visit to the Sandstone Grill.
We recently stopped in Burwell, and talked with sisters Tenise Jarecke and Tammy Pinckney who own the grill. The sisters are originally from St. Paul. A few years back, they were looking to make a career change, and their aunt showed them a listing for a building in town. "We decided to come look at it, and also look at the town, and we fell in love with it," Pinckney said.
The two didn't have a background in the restaurant business. But Jarecke has a marketing background, and Pinckney is the chef. "I'm just a self-taught foodie and cooked all the time," Pinckney said.
"When we bought this, we did a three-month extensive remodel. Both of our husbands were carpenters at the time, so they really helped us put this together," Jarecke said. "We do steak and seafood on the weekends. We have gourmet burgers, soups, salads, and sandwiches, all of which is homemade." The two say the spinach and artichoke dip is their most popular appetizer. "We do make all of our dips in house, and we distribute them to local grocery stores in the area," Jarecke said. The owners believe on any weekend night, they will get customers from a 90-mile radius. They have customers from Kearney, Grand Island, Ord, Ericson, Bassett and Chambers, among many other places. The restaurant also gets quite a bit of business during the summer, as many visitors come to the Burwell area to enjoy the Calamus reservoir and other outdoor activities.
Along with the restaurant, Tenise Jarecke says she bought into a new business called the Sandhills Suites. It's a boutique hotel right next door to the Sandstone Grill, and it just opened last April. "We will have 8 rooms available going into spring for nightly rentals," Jarecke said. "Each room is decorated differently." You can learn more about the hotel at sandhillssuites.com.