‘A good year’: DC Pub & Grub continues popularity in Dunn Center

It has been almost a year-and-a-half since Greg Armitage purchased the Ilo Bar in Dunn Center and began a new experience in his life.

Posted on April 25, 2014

By MAGGIE PIATZ

For the DC Herald

 

Greg Armitage stands in the kitchen of his restaurant and bar, the DC Pub & Grub in Dunn Center, which he's now owned for over a year.
Greg Armitage stands in the kitchen of his restaurant and bar, the DC Pub & Grub in Dunn Center, which he’s now owned for over a year.

It has been almost a year-and-a-half since Greg Armitage purchased the Ilo Bar in Dunn Center and began a new experience in his life.

Armitage had always had a dream to own his own restaurant and after 20 years as administrator for the Hill Top Home of Comfort, the opportunity came up to buy the Ilo Bar from Sadie Ridl.

“It was time for a change in my life,” Armitage said.

In the mid-90s he tried to purchase the bowling alley in Killdeer where he planned to do the same thing he has done with the Dunn Center Pub and Grub with one big difference. Back then he was focusing on children’s things: an arcade, bowling and café. Today the DCP&G is operated with the “adult kid” mentality.

For Armitage, it has been a good move.

He said he enjoys what he is doing and his wife Jaimie will explain that he is in a much better mood and quicker to smile these days.

Since purchasing the building, Armitage has gutted the kitchen and replaced with all new equipment, stove, freezers and stainless steel counters to work on. During the time the kitchen was gutted, with the help of his son, he upgraded the electricity throughout the building.

The front area of the bar has been completely remodeled, adding a back bar, two more dart machines and one more pool table.

He didn’t stop there and has since completely reorganized the basement and uses that for an extra storage space. Plans eventually are to move and replace the bathrooms, adding an extra stall for the women.

Armitage now has eight employees – five bartenders and two excellent cooks.

He also hired Chris Piper to serve as a “barback.”

Armitage said Piper backs up the bartenders and does whatever is needed to be done in the bar, including stocking the coolers each morning and if the bar is busy, he will run beer and liquor up from the basement as needed. He also sweeps, vacuums and carries garbage each day.

“(Armitage) is very observant as to how to make the bar nice and comfortable; appealing to all customers. All of his changes have been wonderful,” said Roxie, one of Armitage’s employees.

Sadie Benson added that “Greg is a lot of fun, very organized and comes up with creative ideas. He is a positive person and does not like negativity.”

Both agreed that it makes a very good place to work.

DCP&G is now quickly becoming the “Dunn Center Fun Center” with the addition of food service.

Armitage is consistently adding new items to his already strong menu, which includes a full range of appetizers, 20 sandwiches, 17 different burgers, salads, pizza, and “the best chili around.” Menu items are served from noon-10 p.m., 7 days a week. It has become more of a community place to go and the atmosphere is good. Children are welcome to come in with their parents, but they must stay on the east side (carpeted area) of the facility and also must eat. They cannot be left unattended and anyone under 21 must leave by 9 p.m.

In addition to food service, the bar has scheduled pool and dart tournaments on Sunday afternoons.

Armitage sponsors five dart teams and three pool teams. One of the dart teams from DCP&G, the “Whateverz” were the league champions for 2013-2014 this winter. The second Sunday of each month is reserved for a pool tournament and the third Sunday of each month is for the dart tournament.

Everyone 21 and over is welcome to come in and play in either tournament, experienced or not. Sign-up is 1 p.m. and tournaments begin at 2 p.m.

On Monday evenings at 7 p.m. the Killdeer Saddle Club sponsors Bingo. There must be 10 players before we can start so be sure to come early and enjoy a great night of bingo and prizes. On any night you can find pool players at both tables and busy dart machines.

If you are new to the area, “it is a great time to get to know your neighbors and meet some new friends.”

On July 5, Armitage is planning a backyard BBQ with a beer garden and has Blue Ribbon Band tentatively scheduled to perform. On July 17, he will have a beer garden during the Rockin the Bakken event being held in Dunn Center. There will be much to see and do in the coming days of summer and fall. Be sure to stop over and check it all out.

The welcome sign is always out at the Dunn Center Pub and Grub.


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