Iowa Restaurant Association Nominations OPEN

We were blessed and honored to be awarded “2020 Rural Operator of the Year” by the Iowa Restaurant Association last year – thanks to your nomination and support! The submission period is now open – Deadline is August 1.

If you would like to nominate us for 2021 you can do so by clicking on the following link: https://restaurantiowa.com/award-nominations/

Thank you for your continued support!!!!

Categories

Chef of the Year: This award honors the professional chef who exemplifies creativity, culinary excellence, and service to the profession and the industry. Her or she should be successful in the eyes of his or her fellow operators, employees, and community and have contributed to the positive image of the Hospitality Industry in Iowa.

Emerging Hospitality Leader of the Year: This award honors an up and coming hospitality industry leader. Nominees can come from any segment of the industry (restaurant, tavern, purveyor company, or educational institution) and any level or type of position (owner, manager, employee, educator, administrator) who exemplifies a commitment to the industry and service to customers. He or she must be under the age of 40, should be successful in the eyes of his or her fellow industry members, as well as the community, and have contributed to the positive image of the hospitality industry in Iowa.

Employee of the Year: This award honors an employee whose performance exceeds expectations by going above and beyond the job to deliver outstanding customer service, and making a positive impact on the business. The nominee must have served in the industry for at least three [3] years and have contributed to the positive image of the Hospitality Industry in Iowa.

Purveyor of the Year: This award honors the purveyor employee whose performance exceeds expectations by going above and beyond the job, delivering outstanding customer service and making a positive impact on the restaurant industry. The nominee must have served in the industry for at least three [3] years and have contributed to the positive image of the Hospitality Industry in Iowa.

Restaurateur or Bar Operator of the Year: This award honors the restaurant, bar or tavern owner or manager who demonstrates originality, quality, and service to customers. He or she should be successful in the eyes of his or her fellow operators, employees, and community and have contributed to the positive image of the Hospitality Industry in Iowa.

America Dream Award (Faces of Diversity): This award honors restaurant operators and employees who had to overcome significant obstacles in order achieve the American dream in the restaurant industry.  He or she can hold any position within the establishment. He or she should be successful in the eyes of his or her establishment and community and have contributed to the positive image of the hospitality industry in Iowa.

State Restaurant Neighbor Philanthropy Award: This award honors restaurants for outstanding community service and involvement. Ninety percent of restaurants are involved in community activities. This award highlights the positive contributions restaurants make in their local neighborhoods each and every day.

Rural Restaurant Operator of the Year Award: This award recognizes the role and importance of restaurants and taverns in Iowa communities with fewer than 5,000 people.

Faces of Diversity Award:The Faces of Diversity award honors restaurant operators and employees who achieve the American dream in the restaurant industry.

Faces of Diversity Award:The Faces of Diversity award honors restaurant operators and employees who achieve the American dream in the restaurant industry.

We’re Moving Update

We are excited to announce our official target date for opening at our new beautiful location is Wednesday, September 1. We had originally hoped to be open the end of July beginning of August; however, we have several matters that we have to tend to at the new restaurant before we can open and my wife is currently scheduled to have surgery the first of August.

We will remain open in our current location – ready to serve you! If you have not done so already, be sure to like and follow our social media pages for updates and sign up to receive emails by visiting our website at https://graceonmainelkhorn.com

We appreciate your understanding and support!

PRIVATE DINING & SPECIAL EVENT SERVICES

Looking for the perfect private dining location for your next event?

We are here to host your next birthday party, baby shower, wedding shower, graduation, celebration of life, or a working meeting…

When it comes to hosting an event, we know how important it is to create the perfect experience for your guests. Whether it’s an intimate dinner, a bridal shower or a birthday party, we have the experience and knowledge to make your event successful. We will work with you to create the right atmosphere, menu and service so that on the day of your event, you can sit back and enjoy time with your guests. Create your own special menu, or choose from a variety of thoughtfully prepared selections. We offer full restaurant buyout opportunities with no room rental fees.

Inspired by the fresh and comforting flavors of Italy, Grace offers an array of seasonal selections for your gatherings, meetings, and events that are sure to impress and nourish your guests. Grace is located on Main Street in Elk Horn.

Dinning selections range from complete party packages to pizza, salad and sandwich platters, fresh pastas, and more. Grace’s menu focuses on seasonal offerings and are designed to please all palates. We are happy to help you select and plan your menu. Call today!

712-764-4722

graceonmainelkhorn@gmail.com

https://graceonmainelkhorn.com/special-event-services/

Rural Restaurant Operator of The Year

Congratulations to Mike Muller, owner and operator of Grace on Main in Elk Horn, for being chosen as the Iowa Restaurant Association’s 2020 Iowa Rural Restaurant Operator of the Year! California natives Mike and Estrellita (Ilee) Muller knew they were taking a leap of faith when they left their life in Sacramento to open a restaurant in the tiny rural Iowa community of Elk Horn. The couple’s aptly named Grace on Main Restaurant was slated to open March 18, 2020—the day after the Governor closed dine-in restaurant service statewide in response to COVID-19.With a pizza-centric menu, Muller was prepared for some amount of carry-out, so rather than debuting by welcoming people in the doors, the couple flung open a front window and handed pizza through to customers. Mike says, “We invested everything we had in a rural Iowa community that we’d visited less than half-a-dozen times. We believed the people and the lifestyle Elk Horn offered our family would be worth the risk,” said Muller. “And at the hardest time imaginable, Elk Horn proved us right.” That commitment to enhancing the hospitality options and culture of rural Iowa, is why Mike Muller, owner/operator of Grace on Main is the Iowa Restaurant Association’s first ever “Rural Restaurant Operator of the Year.”To celebrate with Mike and all of the other award winners, get your tickets for the Celebrating Excellence Award Ceremony and Grand Tasting Gala! Visit restaurantiowa.com to learn more. Thank you to Sysco Iowa for sponsoring this years 2020 Celebrating Excellence Award Winners!

Photo credit Iowa Restaurant Association

FAQ’s

Do I need reservations?

No, however, we highly encourage reservations for parties of 6 or more; otherwise, we are first come first serve.

What form of payments do you accept?

Credit cards, cash, and local checks only.

Do you offer a Gluten-Free pizza option?

DISCLAIMER: We offer a gluten-free pizza crust; however, we are not a gluten-free kitchen. Cross-contamination could occur. Patrons are encouraged to consider this information in light of their individual needs.

Will you cater a large party or event?

We do not offer catering services; however, we are happy to make a large order for carry out or delivery depending on location.