AVON — Brad Snyder and Rossi Norris have resurrected the familiar Avon bar and eatery, The French Creek.
Snyder is a CPA who served as a corporate officer for a large real estate company.
“I picked up this building last year. It was a process trying to figure out what to do with it,” Snyder said. “Rossi has a restaurant background and he’s our general manager.”
The original French Creek closed in June 2012. Snyder and Norris began construction in January 2013, finishing up in time for a December opening.
“It’s always been a bar ever since anyone can remember. We tried to preserve what we could with the ceiling and knotty pine inside,” Snyder said.
“A fellow brought in a picture of the bar from the front door, March 1949. The riser was original, and we refinished that. There was a sign in which they sold soup for 20 cents.”
With its long history, Snyder discovered the building had special memories for many members of the community.
“Dozens of people stopped by and thanked us for saving the building. We heard story after story of the memories people had coming in as a kid,” Snyder said, “There is a lot of new construction in town and we wanted to preserve one of the small pieces of history in Avon and make it a nice place for people to meet.”
Snyder said The French Creek has 20 to 25 employees and tries to offer “a place where people in the community can come and have fun, and enjoy a casual night out. We stress high-quality food for a reasonable price.”
Featuring two eating areas plus a large outside deck, The French Creek focuses on fresh food.
The menu includes five burgers, chicken, waffles, homemade meatloaf, Buffalo chicken pasta and a surf and turf featuring an eight-ounce filet and lobster. It also offers four soups, including lobster bisque, and a variety of salads. Appetizer favorites include lobster flatbread and chicken tenderloins. The fish fries, in particular the perch dinners, also are popular, Snyder said.
“We buy fresh chicken and hand-bread it, use fresh bread and the best bacon we can find — pecan smoked bacon,” Snyder said.
The bar offers a variety of red and white wines, and a house wine.
Snyder said they experienced a quick learning curve in managing the restaurant — getting everything running smoothly, reducing wait time and figuring out how to set up the kitchen.
“We had a soft opening, a couple hundred people, which really helped us understand the flow of traffic,” Snyder said. “We are always looking to get better.”
Of particular attraction at The French Creek is the 2,100-square-foot outside deck.
“It is open-air, near the woods with a privacy fence separating the deck and traffic. It features a creek that runs next to the building out there. People are going to enjoy it,” Snyder said.