|What's New in Gering: New Bush’s Gaslight upholds old tradition|
|January 26, 2012 Elizabeth Gross|
One of the Valley’s oldest restaurants is ready to open its doors again. Bush’s Gaslight has a new owner, new manager, and a great staff behind them. Kip Muirhead and Becky Falconer hope to revitalize the unique flair that was the Gaslight.
Kip Muirhead, the new owner of Gaslight, is originally from Alma, Neb. A truck driving friend from Bayard told him that the Branding Iron in Bayard was for sale. Muirhead, who had always had a deep fascination with the restaurant business, saw his opportunity. “I love to cook,” says Muirhead. So, he moved to Bayard and purchased the restaurant.
After running the Branding Iron for a few years, Muirhead felt it was time for a change. He felt he could gain a larger clientele by moving to the Scottsbluff-Gering area. Opportunity presented itself again when Bush’s Gaslight was up for sale.
Becky Falconer, the new manager of the Gaslight, is originally from Michigan. Falconer and her family were looking for a fresh start. Her husband had always wanted to farm. They had recently got married and decided to sell the farming equipment and head west. She started as an employee at the Branding Iron and is now helping with the setup of of the new Bush's Gaslight. Falconer has always enjoyed the restaurant business because it is always new and always changing.
The direction Muirhead wants to take the Gaslight is back to its glory days. He has even had the original Bush’s owners in as consultants. The goal, Muirhead said, is to make Bush’s “as close as we can to the original.” They will feature the original Gaslight menu as well as a few new things of their own added to the menu like specialty pastas and seafood.
They are currently only open during the dinner hours; however, if you would like to stop by for lunch, you can make a reservation.
Hours are Monday thru Saturday 4 - 10 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. If you would like to make a reservation you can call (308) 633-2868.
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