GEORGE—The only bar and grill in George always wants its customers to feel welcome from when they walk in the door all the way up to last call.
Jason Klingenberg has owned Last Call Saloon since 2007. George did not have a bar and grill at the time when he bought the downtown business.
“People just like coming to meet with other people, talk and have a drink,” Klingenberg said. “It’s been good.”
Manager Carol Thomas echoed his thoughts.
“I love coming up here,” she said. “It’s the best thing. You can socialize with everybody. Everybody gets along up here.”
Last Call Saloon — which can seat 60 customers comfortably — lures in people with daily drink and food specials.
The bar and grill is open for midday and evening meals.
“We’re mostly busy on Friday nights because we’ve got steak night,” Thomas said.
While bone-in and boneless wings are available every evening when the bar and grill is open, they also are cheaper on Friday nights.
In addition to steaks and wings, people show up to Last Call Saloon for its burgers and fried food. The bar and grill also is bringing back Mexican food for Saturday nights.
The business has its regular patrons as well as construction laborers from out of town who are working in George, a Lyon County community of about 1,050.
“They love our fried food,” Thomas said. “We go through cheese balls more than anything else.”
The bar and grill holds annual events, especially for the Fourth of July holiday. Poker runs occasionally travel through the community and stop by the business.
The George Betterment Club hosted a bean bag toss tournament Saturday, Aug. 10, outside Last Call Saloon, which recently has seen its kitchen undergo a remodeling project, including the installation of new flooring.
“It’s nice and busy,” Thomas said. “I love it.”
The bar and grill welcomes people to watch college football, especially the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, and professional football on TV. The business is open on Sundays during the NFL season.
“You’ve got bartenders that will welcome you every time you walk in the door,” Thomas said. “You’re more than welcome to come sit in here and chat with us. We’ll listen to you.”