McClellan's Grill & Brewing Co. opens

McClellan's Grill & Brewing Co. opens

There are 57 comments on the Daily Record story from Jul 14, 2007, titled McClellan's Grill & Brewing Co. opens. In it, Daily Record reports that:

“We put pieces of the puzzle together in partnership between the local banker, the McClellans and USDA Rural Development to guarantee this loan”

Reminiscent of a pub in Europe, McClellan's Grill & Brewing Co. hosted an open house Friday in downtown Canon City. via Daily Record

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Plug

Missoula, MT

#1 Jul 18, 2007
And, is it excellent.

Interior a bit noisy, when its busy, but the food and drink are great!
Plug

Missoula, MT

#2 Jul 19, 2007
I take it all back. We went in tonight and no one would wait on us. They let another couple in ahead of us, and the bar was loaded with the biker crowd, who were all loud and boisterous.
We thought maybe this was going to be a nice place....oh, well. There's always Mo Mo's.
Ddog

Missoula, MT

#3 Aug 4, 2007
i agree horrible service.
ransom

Missoula, MT

#4 Aug 21, 2007
I thought the food was just alright. It was edible but different. I have got to ask this question. Do you really need all those employees to run this restaurant? Does anyone care about your bottom line? Get rid of all the bikers and maybe you'll get some families to come in. Or maybe, some real guest.
Dana McClellan

Missoula, MT

#5 Sep 2, 2007
Geez, give us a break! First of all, I agree our space is a bit noisy, but it's because of our open floor plan, high dome ceilings, and hard interior walls, i.e. brick. We're hoping that when we get our decor up on the walls it will help to soften and absorb some of the sound. If not, there's not a whole lot we can do about it.
Looking at the dates of some of these comments, I am amazed that you people aren't a little more understanding - considering we opened on the 4th of July! We are not some cookie cutter franchise, and had no starting point of reference regarding beginning inventory and staffing needs. Of course we care about our bottom line, but customer service is a top priority. We figured that in a town as tough as Canon City, it is better to over-staff than under - especially right out the gate. In a perfect world there would be no bad service -we are still working out the bugs, and again, take into consideration that at this point in time we have been open only 2 months. Are any of you in the food & beverage industry? It appears not. We have made much progress in our ability to judge kitchen production and staffing, but we needed a sales history to do it. As far as our customers go, maybe it's time to remove that stick up your @$$! The bikers who come in to our establishment are not at all what you have portrayed them to be. They spend well, tip well, and are very respectful of our business. We have many different types of people frequenting McClellan's - families, elderly, blue collar, white collar, and yes - bikers, thats what makes it so great! What is your idea of a "real guest"? And how do you "get rid of" descent and respectful patrons? Remember we are a grill/pub welcoming families, not a family style restaurant. We have created our own niche, so don't try to lump us into your idea of what we should be!
NoMas_K

Missoula, MT

#6 Sep 2, 2007
Obviously a lot of people commenting haven't been to a real authentic pub before. McClellan's is rather tame by comparison.
Regardless, the food is authentic and phenomenal, but Canon is slow to change. You look at one of the most steadfast longest running restaurants being Mr Ed's which is bland hospital food for the most part, and it's easy to see why an authentic pub-style menu wouldn't be easily accepted. I personally think the food is excellent. I mean, really, when I see a Health Inspector dining at a restaurant, I'm gonna guess it's good.
And as far as service goes, I have not been treated better in any establishments in Canon City. Quick, courteous, genuine servers have always been very pleasant with me and my parties.
As for the atmosphere, well its about as authentic as it gets. Of course a brew pub is going to be a little noisy, that's a big part of the ambience. If you want quiet, bland meals with a tired atmosphere where you can huddle behind your booth and hide... go to Mr Ed's.
Siobhan

Canon City, CO

#7 Sep 2, 2007
I have eaten and drank at McClellans many a time, and I don't agree with the first few comments. I have experienced excellent beer and food, and the atmosphere is fast and friendly. If the people who left these comments actually find themselves in Ireland, they may find themselves in for a real disappointment, as this bar is pretty much what you will find there. And as for 'that biker crowd', I myself am not a biker, but the bikers that I have met are fun loving, nice people who are friendlier than some of the non-bikers I have met.
In all, McClellans is a great brew pub, and anyone who wants to experience a little piece of Ireland should definitely go there.
Ryan Lestina

Canon City, CO

#8 Sep 2, 2007
After spending several weeks in Ireland, I can say 2 thumbs up! The bangers and mash was awesome, the beer is great, and the staff was friendly and professional.
I've been there several times since they first opened (I believe in giving everyone 3 chances, and boy am I glad I did), and they have come leaps and bounds since opening night. Every establishment has growing pains, and restaurants are no exception.
It may be a bit loud, but for god's sake, it's a pub & grill, not a funeral home. Personally, I enjoy being surrounded by laughter and music while I sample a few tasty pints that were brewed in the next room.
A few weeks ago, they had authentic Irish/Scottish folk music, and the place was full of smiles and goodwill.
If you're looking for a dull quiet atmosphere, stay away, but if you want great authentic Irish fare, friendly faces, and Pints of beer that put the major brewers to shame, McClellan's is the place to be.
By the way, if you're a corned beef fan, try it here. I've never had such sweet tender beef in all my life!!!!
Good job guys, I hope Canon City extends a welcome arm, and accepts such a great place.
ADAM GODWIN

Missoula, MT

#9 Sep 2, 2007
First off. Anyone who compares McClellan's to MoMo is a fucking dumbshit... Who doesn't know a pub from a sushi joint. I've worked at MoMo Japanese, and will never go there again. The MoMo in Canon has the worst sushi I've ever had. It's not fresh, and after a certain individual came into ownership, the recipes changed. MoMo in Pueblo is twice what is was a year ago.

Now, back to McClellan's. I've never felt more in a family than there. Joe and Dana McClellan always make sure to speak to every person that walks in the door. Yeah, sometimes the staff is a little slow, but it's a new joint, the systems and patterns haven't been established. That and you know it's a cool joint when you walk in and everyone there knows you and says hello. And with me, every staff member will come over and say hi will chat for a few seconds. If that's not a "family" mentality, I don't know what is. AND! It's not just about one's family, the entire place is a family.

Last night my dear friend, NoMas K. and I came in for open mic night. Being in bands and playing such venues as the Ogden, and the Gothic Theatre, I've never felt more at home, than I did at McClellan's. I felt loved and appreciated as a friend, and a musician. And! As an artist in general.

All I can say, I go there everyday... so, Thanks Joe and Dana for bringing a soulfull place in town I can feel at home!
Vanessa Dane

Pueblo, CO

#10 Sep 2, 2007
McClellan's is a great establishment with great people behind it. They welcome all types of people, including assholes...like some of you. A brewpub is a place where people can have a good time, eat delicious food and try the many different beers. I think it is just what Canon City needed!
Heather Saint

Missoula, MT

#11 Sep 2, 2007
I came to know Dana last fall while they were still doing all of the work on the restaurant. She and her family have taken every step to make McClellans a NEW hometown place to go. The environment is great and the people couldn't be better. I have gotten to know a lot of the people that work there on a first name basis. Every time I walk in there, I feel like Norm from Cheers. That's the kind of greeting that they give to many of the regulars that go in there. I feel sorry for the people that go in there once and don't even give them a chance. Unfortunately that is how the people of Canon City usually treat new restaurants, they go in once, find something to whine about, tell all their friends it was horrible and never go back... and yet complain because there is only the same old places to go and eat. Give em a chance. If you don't like something, tell Dana or Joe. They will make every possible effort to look into it. That's just the kind of people that they are. I am glad that they had the guts to open a new place here in Canon, amidst all the nay-sayers and party poopers. Many happy years McClellans!!
Kate

Missoula, MT

#12 Sep 2, 2007
I went into McClellans last month and it was alright. I dont know, but right when i walked in a couple waitresses seemed to just stand there and stare around like they didnt have a job to do. It was pretty busy my husband noticed, I noticed that a little into sitting for a whiiiile waiting on our drinks. Which were flat and didnt taste very good at all! The meal tasted fine, could of gave a little more portion of fries, since i only had about 6 in my basket. I havent been there late night so i dont know how it is then but I wouldnt go back to eat in the evening again.
Kate

Missoula, MT

#13 Sep 2, 2007
Oh and when i mean busy I meant "loud", even from upstairs.
YARBS

Woodland Park, CO

#14 Sep 2, 2007
Hey, I love this place, the food the atmosphere, the home-brewed beer. Good people, great friends, DANA & JOE DON'T CHANGE A THING.

People are saying it's loud...Guess what it's a pub, it's busy, people want to try the new resteraunt, Chili's was the same way when it opened...Oh and it gets loud there too.

I say though, if you are reading these don't make your opinon, good or bad until you experience it for yourself
Steve from Texas

United States

#15 Sep 2, 2007
Hummmm.... interesting comments from an owner in the public service sector. Stick up our %#@ uh?

I don't live in Canon City, yet, but plan to retire there very soon. Sounds like there are a couple of good reasons to avoid McClellan's - A owner with a chip on her shoulder with no since of customer service and second; there's always The Coors Tavern in Pueblo, one of the best bars that I've ever been in.

Steve
ADAM GODWIN

Missoula, MT

#16 Sep 2, 2007
I've learned a lot about business since owning my own... And that's you can't make everyone happy. Canon City can be very greedy, and sometimes very corrupt. For example, there's a woman on the liqour board that is downright determined to shut down Manhattan's for it's, "hip hop/young crowd". Well, in Colorado Springs there were 19 deaths, and average 20, last year... How many in Canon do to the "hip hop" nightclub... OH OH OH... Fucking ZERO!!! I'm 25 years old, and I love going to McClellan's. During the Happy Hour, which is from 3-5, Monday-Saturday, and all day Sunday... I can get a pound of wings, a pint, and a basket of chips (criss cuts) for like 6 bucks! And still have some to take home!!!!

It's a little noisy, but brick walls are like that. And like I said about owning you're own business... If people don't like what you do... THEN FUCK OFF! Don't complain. Just move along.

Next time one of you people who don't like this joint, I'd like you to tell me that. Maybe to someone's face rather than hide behind yo' keyboard! Laters!

Much love,
Adam Godwin
Bobbie

Elkhorn, WI

#17 Sep 2, 2007
Plug wrote:
I take it all back. We went in tonight and no one would wait on us. They let another couple in ahead of us, and the bar was loaded with the biker crowd, who were all loud and boisterous.
We thought maybe this was going to be a nice place....oh, well. There's always Mo Mo's.
You are stupid. Let me educate some of you.Sometimes in this industry there is just seating for two, not a tribe of people.So yes you will have to wait. It sucks but thats life! Go cook yourself lazy ass, you can't even wait for a few moments to get arrangements. I think somebody ..hint hint..needs to work in a restaurant and see how hard the work actually is!!!Again , you are stupid. Dana I have seen all your hard work and you did a great job..Love Ya!

Since: Sep 07

Location hidden

#18 Sep 2, 2007
No chip - I'm just not an ass-kisser. My husband and I have spent the last ten years of our lives creating this business for my family and our community. It's very frustrating for me to see these negative comments when we are working so hard to make people comfortable and happy. I don't think people realize how hard it is to monitor 40+ staff, especially in the beginning phase with so much going on. When you do retire here - you may want to give us a try, we are running much more smoothly these days, and getting better every day. Driving 50 minutes to Pueblo may get a little old.
Steve from Texas wrote:
Hummmm.... interesting comments from an owner in the public service sector. Stick up our %#@ uh?
I don't live in Canon City, yet, but plan to retire there very soon. Sounds like there are a couple of good reasons to avoid McClellan's - A owner with a chip on her shoulder with no since of customer service and second; there's always The Coors Tavern in Pueblo, one of the best bars that I've ever been in.
Steve

Since: Sep 07

Location hidden

#19 Sep 2, 2007
I appreciate your input, but I've got to say that Joe and I really like MoMo's. It's one of the only other places we ever go to eat!
ADAM GODWIN wrote:
First off. Anyone who compares McClellan's to MoMo is a fucking dumbshit... Who doesn't know a pub from a sushi joint. I've worked at MoMo Japanese, and will never go there again. The MoMo in Canon has the worst sushi I've ever had. It's not fresh, and after a certain individual came into ownership, the recipes changed. MoMo in Pueblo is twice what is was a year ago.
Now, back to McClellan's. I've never felt more in a family than there. Joe and Dana McClellan always make sure to speak to every person that walks in the door. Yeah, sometimes the staff is a little slow, but it's a new joint, the systems and patterns haven't been established. That and you know it's a cool joint when you walk in and everyone there knows you and says hello. And with me, every staff member will come over and say hi will chat for a few seconds. If that's not a "family" mentality, I don't know what is. AND! It's not just about one's family, the entire place is a family.
Last night my dear friend, NoMas K. and I came in for open mic night. Being in bands and playing such venues as the Ogden, and the Gothic Theatre, I've never felt more at home, than I did at McClellan's. I felt loved and appreciated as a friend, and a musician. And! As an artist in general.
All I can say, I go there everyday... so, Thanks Joe and Dana for bringing a soulfull place in town I can feel at home!
A-Hatchett

Missoula, MT

#20 Sep 3, 2007
That seems to be the problem with people today, they see something they themselves don’t care for, and are so eager to rush out and try to convert others to their way of thinking. McClellan’s is a nice place. Very comfortable, great food and beer, and the people are nice. Yes it may be loud on occasion, what do you expect of a pub, its no piano bar... it’s a PUB, kick back and enjoy it.

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