WILLIAMS, Ariz. - The owners of the Winchester Steakhouse have expanded their western style past their restaurant and saloon, reaching all the way to infamous Route 66. Owner Mike Brown and his partners at the Winchester came up with the idea to have a "Welcome to Williams Center/Introduction to the Winchester Steakhouse" located right on the corner of Route 66 and Fourth Street.
The renovation is currently under way at the old gas station, converting it to a welcoming center that will feature a life-size artificial horse that can be mounted. An on-site cowboy working daily will instruct visitors and children on how to rope a steer, which will automatically be released when a person is on top of the horse and ready. The steer will be artificial as well.
"It'll be a fun stop just for people to come in, get information on what it is that we do, hang out for a minute, check out the western art we'll have inside, and fun stuff like that," said Brown.
The building will have a replica jail cell inside, include menus and brochures for the Winchester, and possibly some small retail items like baseball caps, souvenirs, etc. All activities are free of charge and will be a "come and play" atmosphere as Brown would put it.
"Action, activity, and things going on. Hay bales out front, old saddles, wagon wheels and western paraphernalia to create western interest," Brown said. "We wanted to create something new and original for people to do around here that's not the same old thing."
A mural is in the process of being painted on the building as well. Two local Williams artists are free-handing a beautiful, larger than life western landscape onto the front wall and ceiling above the overhang.