The new River View Restaurant Bar and Grill at 230 Eel River Ave. is a family affair, with Juan Sanchez bringing in his nephew Rerugio “Mario” Ramirez to manage the front while Sanchez works the kitchen.
When it opened July 13, it was the third new business in Logansport since the COVID-19 pandemic struck.
But by word of mouth and the employees from the Cass County Government Building and sheriff’s department becoming regulars, business continues to grow and bring in diners from Peru and elsewhere.
“It’s getting better every day,” said Ramirez. “So far, people have been pretty happy.”
It’s a family-friendly restaurant, serving American diner-style food with an emphasis on breakfast, which is served all day.
River View will have different specials and soup every day, which customers seem to like.
“Everything’s made from scratch,” Sanchez said.
The chipped beef is popular, and Greek lemon rice soup went over well.
Sanchez and Ramirez also plan to put another page into the menu for special dinners, including fish, shrimp, steak and barbecue ribs, Sanchez said.
The men are also finishing other details for the business.
They hope to have outdoor dining available by the end of this week so people can eat while overlooking the Eel River.
The glass cooler by the hostess station, with its carousel movement to show off desserts, should also be operational by then.
The restaurant will take reservations for parties of 20 or more, too.
“They can have the whole upstairs,” Rivera said.
The two upstairs sections that look over the center of the main dining area are now joined with a bridge. It’s different from previous restaurants there have had, and customers have noticed.
“Everybody likes it,” said Sanchez.
Opening River View as COVID-19 restrictions were still being lifted wasn’t a problem for Sanchez and Ramirez.
“We were going to open since March. We’re ready,” Ramirez said.
Sanchez originally was supposed to open the restaurant with a partner before the pandemic. However, that partner has left the project, so Sanchez asked Ramirez if he wanted to be part of River View.
It’s the first time Ramirez has owned a restaurant, although he worked in a restaurant for six years “a long time ago,” he said.
Sanchez had owned a restaurant in his hometown of Indianapolis. Ramirez is from Covington.
The two aren’t sure whether they’ll eventually have live music at the restaurant yet, as planned by the now-departed partner.
“We’ll see later,” Ramirez said.
River View is still looking for more cooks — and for bartenders once the restaurant gets its three-way liquor license (which will give them the ability to serve beer, wine and mixed drinks). The paperwork is in for the license, and Ramirez and Sanchez are waiting on the state approval.
Currently, the restaurant is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. That may change, depending on customers’ visits and wants, the men said.
The restaurant can be reached at 574-753-2020.