Harmons to open homestyle restaurant on South Bridge

It’s been a bare, vacant lot for several years now but that’s about to change thanks to Brady residents Dianne and John Harmon. With construction scheduled to begin Saturday, April 21, local residents can prepare for a “down home” quality meal with Brady’s newest restaurant, Down Home Country Cookin.’ A plan that has been in the making since September 2000, the new dine-in restaurant will be a full-service facility capable of seating up to 64 individuals. After moving here three years ago, the Harmon’s knew Brady was the town for them and their restaurant business. “John has always loved Brady. It’s a small town with friendly people. It’s easy to get drawn in. “I was employed as a dispatcher for eight years in Dripping Springs and an EMT that I worked with once told me that Brady had the best emergency management team around. With my husband having a heart condition, that was simply another draw to Brady. We had to take the medical facilities into consideration. “After we moved here, two of our children moved here also as well as my sister,” said Mrs. Harmon. “We had always planned on moving to Brady.” Both experienced in the food industry, the Harmon’s plan to create five new full-time jobs in Brady with their new restaurant and estimate annual sales of around $200,000 and a payroll of $43,000. “We owned a barbecue restaurant in Dripping Springs,” said Mrs. Harmon. “My sister even owned a restaurant in Wimberley just 25 miles south of Dripping Springs.” An estimated 90 percent of all construction materials for the restaurant will be purchased from Brady merchants with the intent of keeping the money in the community to aid local businesses. The Harmon’s are planning for a 36×50 foot restaurant with a 5×11 foot entry and an additional 11.5×28 foot covered patio in the front which will feature four tables for outdoor dining. “We won’t have a separate area inside for private dining at this time, but our main dining room will be sectioned off for non-smokers and a smaller dining room will accommodate our smokers. The Harmons are projecting September 1 as the first day of business, subject to no complications during the construction process. The biggest majority of the contractors utilized by the Harmons for the project make their living right here in McCulloch County. In addition, Mr. Harmon, who was a longtime cabinet maker, will have a hand in the construction. Family owned and operated, both the Harmon’s daughters, Susan Harmon and Carol Rowen, will assist in managing the restaurant. The restaurant will feature daily lunch specials as well as homemade desserts. Once open, the restaurant’s business hours will be Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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