celebrates 70 years in Fairview Park
By Cynthia Schuster-Eakin
Published June 17, 2009
a lot has changed in Fairview Park since Bonnie’s Bar and Grill
opened 70 years ago, the tavern remains one of the community’s most
popular gathering places.
Owners Jim and Terri Krejci are in the process of
polishing up the landmark, and attracting a new generation to carry
on the Bonnie’s tradition.
“We’re revitalizing the Bonnie’s name,” Jim Krejci
said. “We are trying to bring the place back to what it once was.”
The Krejcis are the sixth owners. The original proprietors
were Fred and Grace Bonie.
“We are going back to old-fashioned basics,” Krejci
explained. “We provide good food, good service and a clean atmosphere
for our customers.” The Krejcis have brightened and modernized the
décor and added a new menu. You
can still order Bonnie’s famous beer-battered fish fry. But, you
will find some new twists to the menu, which changes seasonally.
Krejci said they make everything on the menu from
scratch. They batter and fry their own onion rings and the French
fries are fresh cut. The salads are made with Romaine lettuce, not
Iceberg or pre-packaged. The burgers are hand-pattied, never frozen
ground beef chuck, he said.
Jumbo chicken wings ($6.19 a dozen) are tossed in
your choice of house sauces, including Buffalo garlic Parmesan,
dry Cajun, spicy ranch, bourbon and Caribbean jerk sauce. Bonnie’s
fries are smothered with chili, melted cheese, bacon and scallions
and topped with sour cream ($4.99). “Dog bites” are all-beef hot
dog slices, beer-battered and fried and served with golden mustard
for dipping and hand-cut fries ($6.99).
Other appetizers are deep-fried green beans served
with spicy ranch dressing ($5.99) and Asian pork pot stickers ($6.99).
Homemade beer-battered mushrooms are spiced up with horseradish
dipping sauce ($5.99).
Bonnie’s Fiesta chicken salad tops Romaine with corn,
black olives, black beans, diced tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese, baked
chicken breast and salsa ranch dressing ($7.99). Baby spinach is
garnished with dried cranberries, Mandarin oranges, crispy fried
onions and served with raspberry vinaigrette ($7.99).
The French dip sandwich is made with slow-roasted
prime rib, piled on French bread with melted mozzarella cheese and
au jus ($8.99), Krejci said. They roast and slice pork loin for
the Cuban-style pork sandwich, which also includes ham, sliced pickles
and melted Swiss cheese ($6.99). The meatballs and marinara for
the meatball sub are house-made ($6.99).
Krejci said they cut their own boneless pork chops,
slow-cook them and serve them with gravy, mashed potatoes and vegetables
($9.99). St. Louis-style pork ribs are served with two side dishes
and garlic bread ($8.99 for a half slab, or $15.99 for a full-slab
dinner). The beer-battered or breaded Lake Erie perch dinner is
available in regular size ($11.99) or large size ($14.99). Potato
and cheese pierogies are smothered with sautéed onions and served
with sour cream and applesauce ($7.99). Fresh grouper is broiled
in garlic butter and accompanied by rice, vegetable and salad ($11.99).
Prime rib is available every Saturday evening.
Dessert selections vary daily. Bonnie’s also has a
children’s menu. “We’re a very kid-friendly establishment,” Krejci
Menu and happy hour specials are featured daily. Food
is served until closing.
As part of Bonnie’s 70th birthday celebration, the
tavern is featuring 70-cent drinks, dogs and sliders on the third
Wednesday of every month. Stop in and introduce yourself to Jim
and Terri Krejci. “We are here to greet people,”Krejci said. “We
have put a lot of love into this place.”
Bonnie’s Bar and Grill is at 22811
Lorain Road. Phone (440) 734-3276.