Bill Andersen says he inherited a great staff and is bringing back shrimp cocktail

By Tammy Downs
Burns Times Herald

For the past 32 years Bill Andersen has lived in Harney County, where he was employed with the Bureau Land Management. He recently started looking for a new career opportunity.

When he realized that the Pine Room, a local restaurant and lounge, was for sale, he purchased it.

Bill Andersen stands outside the Pine Room with his daughter, Summer. He plans to make a few changes to the menu but would like to maintain the restaurant’s legacy of offering fine dining in a classy atmosphere.

The Pine Room has had a reputation of offering fine dining in Harney County for many years. Andersen said he is very excited to be part of “a successful business with a long tradition of good food and good atmosphere.”

Andersen is new to running a restaurant but not new to owning his own business. In the past, he has been the owner of two businesses, and he has years of experience dealing with the public.

He said he knows good food, and he knows what good service is. He also added, “I was lucky and inherited a really good staff.”

This new venture works out well with Andersen’s 12-year-old daughter, Summer. She gets to be part of this business with her dad and help out.

After purchasing the Pine Room, Andersen did a little research and asked local folks what they would like to see added to the menu. One thing people agreed on was they missed the shrimp cocktail that came with the dinners, so that was added back in.

There have been a few changes to the menu —  meal salads have been added, fresh homemade bread is baked daily and there is a different homemade soup each day.

Andersen’s goal is to have a seafood special once a week, and there will be a prime rib special every Friday and Saturday night.

They will not be serving breakfast regularly but are looking into having a breakfast brunch once a month.

The majority of the meat used at the Pine Room will be purchased from Buermann’s Ranch Meats, a local business.

Andersen has been looking into adding entertainment such as cowboy poetry.

The lounge is a full service bar, and patrons have the option of ordering food in there as well.

The lounge is always hopping when there is a rodeo or an event in town, beginning with the Harney County Ranch Rodeo on Saturday, July 9. The Pine Room will be featuring a live band after the rodeo.

The Pine Room also offers a banquet room, which Andersen has plans to remodel and upgrade. It can be reserved for receptions, Christmas parties or meetings, and in the future, there may be an option to have parties catered.

Currently, reservations are not required for nightly dining. And you can always call in and place an order to go.

The Pine Room is located at 543 West Monroe and can be reached at 541-573-2673.

The restaurant is open for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and the lounge opens at 4 p.m.

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