by: Photo By Susan Matheny - Silverado owners Danny and Mary Bueno, on left, with managers Tricia Fossett and  Russ Horn on right, stand in the remodeled dining room of the Silverado Eatery.

   With the goal of exceeding the expectation of their guests, the Silverado Saloon and Eatery opened Oct. 16, in the former Sonny's Restaurant location at 1543 S.W. Highway 97.
   Owners Danny and Mary Bueno have hired Tricia Fossett as the general manager and Russ Horn as the assistant manager and entertainment coordinator for the restaurant and bar.
   To go along with the Silverado theme, the dining room has new paint, carpet and chandelier, and the walls are decorated with wild horse murals by Warm Springs artist John Finch. Outside, a large black metal horse figure nicknamed "Shadow" stands at the highway entrance. The horse was made by Roger Lynn of Madras, as were the silver horseshoe curtain holders decorating the inside of the eatery.
   "We want to offer consistency and quality, day-in and day-out," Fossett said of the food and service.
   Steaks, featuring choice Oregon beef, are the Silverado's specialty, ranging from a 16-ounce New York cut with bourbon marinade to grilled steak kabobs. Chicken, shrimp and grilled fish are also on the dinner menu.
   Lunch offerings include six- and eight-ounce steaks, chicken, fettucini, special hamburgers, and four kinds of salads. All salad dressings and desserts are made from scratch.
   "We offer a Platinum Table, a romantic and private setting for special events from an intimate dinner for two to rehearsal dinners," Fossett said.
   The table is in an enclosed area of the restaurant where the guests have their own private server and can choose from three, five or seven course meals and a list of premium wines and champagne. Call ahead to reserve the room at 475-6025.
   "We will also be available for banquets and special event dinners, and are planning to have a Thanksgiving buffet," Fossett said.
   On the saloon side, a specialty drink list has been added and full late-night dining in a smoking environment is available Fridays and Saturdays until 11 p.m.
   The saloon will be having live entertainment with bands, an open mic night, and comedy club night.
   The Silverado Saloon and Eatery is open seven days a week. Dining hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, with buffet beginning in November from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
   The bar hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 112 a.m., Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Friday and Saturday. The business phone is 475-6025.
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