I heard that The Village Square in Walker had recently reopened under new management so I decided to check it out.
The first thing I noticed were the new chairs and the bright green umbrellas on the outdoor patio tables. But it was cool and windy so we decided to dine inside.
Walking through the front door I was struck by how clean everything was. The restaurant has been newly painted and decorated.
There were few customers present as it was early. We were warmly greeted.
One major change has taken place. It is no longer a full-service restaurant. The customer orders at the counter, is given a number and the food is delivered to the table.
The menu is simple — soups, sandwiches and pizza. The prices are reasonable — $9-$10 for soup and sandwich and $10-$15 for a pizza.
I decided on a bowl of tomato basil soup and a Caesar salad. My companion had the same soup and a Heartland sandwich (grilled turkey, cheddar, provolone and a house made chutney style sauce). We also ordered a small pizza.
The staff was friendly and competent. Food appeared at our table fresh and well prepared. The pizza had a crisp crust and was flavorful.
After our meal, owner Gary Bilben stopped by our table to visit. He and his wife Theresa reopened the restaurant after a three-year hiatus. I have personally known the Bilben family for many years. They have a reputation for quality, customer service, attention to detail, and it shows.
Following the meal we walked next door to the coffee shop/ice cream parlor and enjoyed a dish of ice cream. Their locally- roasted coffee is worth trying.
On the Town, written by Cedar Point Realty in Walker Agent Mike Nelson, will periodically feature an dining establishment in the Leech Lake Area.