CLINTON — Cozy’s Roadhouse has undergone a major facelift in recent months.
From the outside it still looks like the same old sports bar alongside Highway 525, but on the inside the new owners Stephanie and Troy Cook have been hard at work to turn it into a place for the whole family to play and eat.
The first step was for Troy Cook to overhaul the menu.
Cozy’s now has a lunch and a dinner menu. The standout items are the steaks and pizzas. Friday is prime rib night.
“We haven’t had a Friday night yet we didn’t sell out,” Stephanie Cook said.
Cook said the old menu needed revision when they took over.
“We’ve taken the menu from a bunch of pre-made foods and made it home-cooked meals,” she said.
Cook credits husband Troy’s creativity in the kitchen with the success. He has come up with recipes from scratch for everything. The Cooks ran La Paz, a Mexican restaurant in Clinton, before taking over Cozy’s.
Troy Cook was also the creator of the La Paz menu, and a number of items such as the Baja chowder and their nachos can be found on Cozy’s menu in slightly adjusted variations.
Troy Cook said the family put a lot of work into remodeling the restaurant. The pool tables were re-felted and are now tournament-grade. They’ve built a poker room where they hold Texas Hold-’em tournaments multiple nights a week.
The bathrooms have been remodeled and the decorations and signs inside the bar have been redone.
In the summer, the Cozy team will tackle the outside. A fresh coat of paint and some other cosmetic touches are planned.
Troy Cook said the bar has a much stronger sports focus now. All major football, baseball and basketball games will be shown.
But that doesn’t mean Cozy’s is a smoke-filled drinking hole for grown-ups.
“We’re kid-friendly,” Cook said. They host parties for soccer teams or birthdays. And there is a kid’s menu for young guests.
“We’ve got something for everyone,” Stephanie Cook added.
The Cooks decided to buy Cozy’s and expand to grow their business, but also to have more time with their 7-year-old daughter.
In the small space at La Paz, the Cooks said they had no place to grow.
“We were as busy as we could be, but we couldn’t go anywhere with the space. We have tons more options with this,” Stephanie Cook said.
Plus, with a few more employees, there is a bit more family time left, she added.
Check out the new Cozy’s during their Cinco de Mayo celebration today.
Cozy’s is open seven days a week; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and from noon to 11 p.m. on Sundays.
For more information, call 341-2838.
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