PAGE SPRINGS - Greg and Dawn Koss have opened the former Page Springs Restaurant as the Up The Creek Grill & Bar at 1975 N. Page Springs Road in Cornville. They have developed a menu they call Territorial Cuisine.
Greg explained what that means. "We're trying to go back to the fundamentals of fresh food and cooking made to order."
Dawn adds to that. "It is friendly service and fresh food in a unique, historic atmosphere."
Greg creates the menu and recipes. He has a lot of experience.
"I started when I was 9 years old," Greg said. His parents owned a restaurant in Michigan. By the time he was 15, Greg was working in the restaurant business in California. He worked at every job a restaurant might require, from bus boy to owner.
"The majority of my experience has been running restaurants," he said. That includes a Five Star French restaurant in Del Mar, Calif.
Dawn has worked in restaurants since she was 15.
"Dawn and I have been in the restaurant business for many years," Greg said.
"Everything is made from scratch," said Greg.
"We make our own salad dressings," Dawn pointed out. "We hand-batter everything."
"Our hamburgers are grass fed, organic, hormone free," Greg said.
Fresh and homemade is the key to Greg and Dawn's idea of Territorial Cuisine.
Angus steak and fresh seafood is the basis of the restaurant's menu. But the menu includes appetizers, soups and salads and desserts. Appetizers include, among several offerings, fresh Tomato & Pesto Bruschetta, Out-West Tomato Pie and Cowboy Caviar.
Two special soups on the menu are Creek Moss Soup (served daily) and Campfire Clam Chowder (served Fridays and Saturdays).
In addition to steaks and ribs, the entrees include fish tacos, trout, salmon and jumbo shrimp. Buttermilk and spiced country fried chicken rounds out the menu offerings.
Greg said the menu will be seasonal, and it has selections for vegetarians. A kid's menu also is available.
"We have specials all the time," Greg said. That includes prime rib on Saturdays.
Greg and Dawn have an extensive wine list that continues to grow. They feature many local and Arizona wines.
Up The Creek Grill is something of a family affair that includes both their son and daughter. Mackena, 17, works busing tables. Julia, 12, loves working as hostess.
The restaurant accepts reservations, and entertainment is provided on selected Fridays and Saturdays. Seymour & Cyge are scheduled for Aug. 25 and Sept. 14. Check the restaurant's listing on Facebook for schedules.
Daily drink specials are always offered and that includes a $5 margarita every day. A side patio is available, and soon a banquet room will be ready to serve larger gatherings.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
Call (928) 634-9954.