ELKO – A classic dining location takes on a new look and feel while offering cuisine that will please both contemporary and conventional palettes.
Elko native Jon Karr is no stranger to the restaurant business. He has owned the Blind Onion, a popular pizza place, for a number of years. He also opened Coldstone Creamery in the same building. Now Karr has brought in another dining establishment right across the street.
The former home of Biltoki, a well-loved Basque restaurant owned by Ramon Zugazaga, has been revamped into a distinct atmosphere with some familiar décor.
“We used the original Biltoki chairs that we distressed,” said Karr of the dark furniture now sporting a fresh, bright look.
Other interior changes include a whitish wood-like tile floor, upcycled wall art, and a cheerful bar area where people can mingle over stylized cocktails and, eventually, specialty craft beers.
“Phase two involves this part of the property,” said Karr of the outdoor area on the east side of the building. “We are going to close this off, put some cool, overhead beams above so people can enjoy eating outside.”
Dreez opened Wednesday with full breakfast and lunch menus. By mid-June Karr hopes to be ready to serve small plate dinners of specialty items and craft cocktails.
Karr has chosen food combinations that are not currently offered in Elko. He and his wife Audrey enjoy eating out when they leave town. Some of the ideas for the menu come from those journeys and others come from his employees, a few who have come to the region from outside the community.
Pistachio waffles, Peruvian Bennie (Benedict) and other new age breakfast items are key to the operation. He is also planning to follow current trends in eating healthy, which include serving nitrate free sausage and some gluten free options. Dinners will include a collection of exclusive and tasteful appetizers like tuna cakes and other tapas. Beverages will include mimosas and Stubborn Soda.
“I’m stoked,” said manager Mercedes Zoffer. “It reminds me of restaurants back home in California.”
Folks around town have been questioning what the name of the restaurant stands for ever since Karr installed the sign on the building and began posting menu items and comments on Facebook.
“Audrey’s nickname as a softball player at Elko High School was Dreezer,” said Karr. “Her grandma would yell, “Go Dreezer!” at the softball games.”
Collective Coffee Roasters will also be located in a corner of the restaurant. This is a separate business that will be selling its product in the restaurant as well as to outlying vendors.
Correction: This story has been updated to correct the name of the owner.