By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes
Having owned McNary Restaurant and Lounge for a year now, owner David Zahradnik thinks he’s found the formula for success.
A Keizerite for most of his life, his family moved to McNary Estates in 1990, and he played on the golf course for years. He was a varsity member of McNary High School’s golf team and bought his own house in the development a few years back.
He sees three distinct audiences: The residents of McNary Estates, golfers and the larger communities of Keizer and Salem. His first step was to establish breakfast as a cornerstone for the business, then added quick-serve lunch items like sandwiches, burgers, soup, salad and wraps. His aim at midday is to attract the lunch-hour crowd, getting them in and out in a timely fashion.
Dinner brings on dishes like steak, grilled salmon, pork ribs, meatloaf, teriyaki chicken, seafood combos and several pastas, including a macaroni and cheese with three cheeses and bacon.
Zahradnik’s personal favorite courses include the reuben sandwich for lunch, and for dinner the ribeye steak and the chicken and shrimp rustica – sauteed with artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes. The chicken parmesan, which can be served in several ways, is also popular.
McNary Restaurant’s menu features a handful of vegetarian dishes, and they’re working on adding more gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly items.
Then there’s the view.
“We’ve got the best patio in Salem-Keizer – you can’t beat the view. It’s relaxing,” Zahradnik said.
The lounge features happy hour from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. and they currently have two craft brews on tap.
The restaurant also handles large events and banquets. Courtney Morris, the floor supervisor, is in charge of getting the business more involved in the Keizer community, having recently partnered with the Keizer Chamber of Commerce on a trolley between Keizer Station and the Gubser neighborhood’s Miracle of Lights display.
This is his first foray into the restaurant business; he worked for his family’s Mill Supply Corporation in Salem before it was sold in 2008. But even though this is his first try at food service, he thinks two factors give him an edge: Surrounding himself with knowledgeable, hard-working people and a strong knowledge of the nearby community.
“I’ve been in Keizer most of my life and it’s a special place for me and my family,” Zahradnik said. “When I got the opportunity to purchase it, it seemed like a good idea.”
Breakfast is offered 9 a.m. – noon Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – noon Saturday and from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sunday.
McNary Restaurant & Lounge
Location: 165 McNary Estates Drive N.,
Phone: (503) 393-4111
Hours: M-Th 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., F-S 9 a.m. – midnight, Sundays 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.