New eatery in Sawyer

Gramma Jo’s is open for business

Ciara Parizek/MDN The sign for Gramma Jo’s Eatery in Sawyer was hung up on Feb. 12, named after Desi Jai’s mother.

A new restaurant opened in Sawyer, named Gramma Jo’s Eatery. The owners, Mike Popham and Desi Jai, opened the doors to their new establishment with the help of TJ Nielson, the manager, and Ta’teanna Lockhart, the bartender.

Gramma Jo’s Eatery was opened in what used to be known as Cowboy’s Corner. Under its new name and ownership, people under 21 are allowed in the restaurant, but only up to the edge of the carpet. On the other side of the carpet is the bar area where they have six electronic pull tab machines. They also have paper pull tabs for those who prefer the traditional way. Over on the eatery side, three dart boards are set up for teams in tournaments to use.

Those who choose to sit up at the bar have a good variety to choose from. Gramma Jo’s has several types of beer, malt beverages, like Mike’s Hard Lemonade, and they have many types of hard liquor in stock. One item that they’ve had some difficulty keeping on hand is Pabst Blue Ribbon hard coffee. Nielson and Lockhart also make Jell-O shots.

They also have a varied menu, from breakfast foods to stuffed burgers to pickled eggs. The only days that breakfast foods are served are Saturday and Sunday when they open at noon.

Popham and Jai have owned their own DJ business for over 25 years and are bringing their musical experience to their eatery. So far, they plan to have one karaoke night a month, unless it is requested that they do it more often.

Submitted Photo Mike’s Fat Kid Burger is one of the signature dishes at Gramma Jo’s Eatery in Sawyer.

When the weather warms up, their fenced in beer garden area will be opened where they will have live bands and have games like cornhole. It was debated a little if they were going to set up ladderball in the nicer months. Once they get all the quirks worked out and the establishment runs without a hitch, they plan to have chili cook-offs for the Sawyer community.

Nielson said that they have a St. Patrick’s Day dinner planned and will have some beer specials.

A unique feature that Gramma Jo’s offers is a large upstairs area where families can have parties. The maximum number of people the area can accommodate is 35. In order to be sure they can provide the best experience possible, the staff of Gramma Jo’s ask that events or parties be booked ahead of time.

On Feb. 12, Popham and Nielson unveiled the business’ name. When Jai found out the place was being named after her mother, she was moved to tears. A lot of people know Gramma Jo, how kind she is and how valued she is by those around her.

Gramma Jo’s Eatery opens at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and opens at noon on Saturday and Sunday.


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