Family Restaurant opens in Fulton
By Evelyn Long
It’s not surrounded by desert sands but the newly opened Boondocks Restaurant located on the southeast corner of County Road 25, at the intersection of State Route 61, on the east edge of Fulton, can be likened to an oasis. It offers food and beverages in a friendly and welcoming manner from a site located in a quiet, rural area.
Boondocks, owned and operated by Burgess Castle, of Marengo, officially opened November 1, just one year after ground was broken for its construction. Castle, who describes the eatery as a family type restaurant, said he chose its quaint and unusual name from a song he had once heard in which the word “boondocks” described a site “in the middle of nowhere.”
“Everyone was coming to me saying we need a restaurant — there’s no place to go in (this part) of Morrow County,” explained Castle. So he and his family planned and designed a business where “you can bring your children and grandchildren — a family friendly restaurant.” Diners have the options of short orders or a full course meal with specials offered. There is also a children’s menu. A standard of the restaurant are its home made donuts.
The bar serves all legal alcoholic beverages covered by the D-5 license. Draft beer is also served.
The 4,800 square foot white– sided building includes a delicatessen, drive thru, a 40 x 40 foot dining room with 12-foot high ceilings and a 20 x 40 foot bar and stainless steel kitchen. The dining room seats 80 people in both booths and at tables. The decor is simple and rural related with antique farm tools artfully placed around the upper part of the dining room walls. “I’m proud of where I came from,” said Castle, explaining the farm pieces. Hanging from the ceiling is a bicycle. Five television screens line the walls of the dining room for viewing by patrons.
The neutral tones used in the restaurant’s color scheme add to its serenity.
The floor has been ground and stained to give a rock like appearance. Diners enter through beautiful double doors and a patio where a repast can be enjoyed in warm weather.
On the east side of the building is a deli stocked with ready made sandwiches, snacks, beverages, ice cream, and limited grocery items and beverages and wrapped sandwiches can be purchased by driving through the Drive Thru.
Castle said the dining room can be reserved for special occasions.
The drive thru and the deli are open from 10 am to 10 pm Monday through Saturday
The restaurant and bar opens Monday through Saturday at 11 am serving lunch and dinner until 9 pm. It will remain open until midnight but only finger foods will be served. The bar will remain open from midnight until 2:30 am on Friday and Saturday nights. All three areas of the restaurant will be closed on Sundays.
Welcoming Castle and the restaurant were Fulton Village officials, Mayor Terri Hickman and councilwoman Nancy Ciccone who presented Castle with a floral arrangement. “We want to thank him for this business,” said Hickman. “We look forward to many years of success and help that it will give the village in its growth including the planned park.”
Ciccone said, “I’m glad it’s here. It will be very beneficial to the village and to Morrow County.”
Castle said his daughter, Brandie McDaniel, is the chief cook. His wife, Sheila, will be the assistant cook. Assisting are daughters Kristina Morgan and Kaily Castle.
The restaurant employs 15 people, he noted. Castle expressed appreciation to all who helped with the building’s construction.
“I want to thank all the sub contractors, my family and friends who helped me,” he said. He also expressed a thank you to Goodge’s Greenhouse (County Road 170) for placing the landscaping at the business.
The Boondocks Family Restaurant is located at 2987 State Route 61. It can be entered from County Road 25. The Drive Thru can be entered from State Route 61.
To make reservations please call 419–864-4446.