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Chadwick Hall grills up a delicious, never frozen steak in the kitchen of Simply the Best Bar and Grill, slated to open Friday.

Photo by Leeann Akers

“Simply the Best,” a sports bar and grill, is set to open Wednesday in Grayson.

The bluegrass and sports themed restaurant is located on North Carol Malone Boulevard in the old AA Cafe location.

Although the spot once housed a diner, months of renovation and remodeling have gone into the new facility.

“We have spent about $200,000 getting ready to open,” General Manager Noah Snyder told the Journal-Times. “This is the kind of thing people said they wanted when we had the wet-dry vote in Grayson. Hopefully, they will support American dining, sports and bluegrass here in town.”

The idea of the restaurant came from Rudy Fest Bluegrass festival, which coined the tag line “Simply the Best.” Profits from that festival go to help many local sports teams.

Snyder is a hometown boy who spent 11 years on the Lexington restaurant scene.

“My family has wanted me to come back for years, and I have considered it. When this opportunity arose, I was ready to come home,” Snyder said.

The food is casual dining and the menu includes everything from typical bar food like wings to a nice grilled steak.

Famous bluegrass acts have loaned their names to some of the food choices: J.D. Crowe's chicken salad, Larry Cordle fish and chips, Lonesome River tater boat, and the Little Grascals kids menu.

“We wanted to offer an affordable menu that wouldn't break the bank,” Snyder said. “We have something that will appeal to everyone.”

The bar area is separate from the main dining area, allowing those who wish to avoid alcohol to still enjoy the food.

“This is a family restaurant,” Snyder said. “We want people to know it will be just like going into a Friday’s or Buffalo Wild Wings but a lot closer to home.”

The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. The bar will be open from 11 p.m. to midnight, including Sundays.

“The Sunday sales and the later hours will allow for more revenue for the restaurant and the city,” Snyder said. “This fall will be great for people who love football to come down and watch the Sunday night games.”

Snyder said all of his servers are certified Server Training in Alcohol Regulations (S.T.A.R.), which is a responsible beverage server training course developed by Kentucky Alcoholic Beverage Control. The opening represents 25 new jobs for the area.

Leeann Akers can be reached at or by phone at 474-5101.

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