There are new owners of a familiar establishment in Exeter.
John Graham and Rhonda Walford recently purchased Gator’s Pub, in downtown Exeter, from long-time owner Faye Neeman. Faye and her late husband, “Gator,” had owned the bar since 1981.
They plan to keep many of the “Gator’s” traditions including karaoke on Thanksgiving eve. In fact they hope to expand on the tradition and add monthly karaoke after the first of the year. Of course the NASCAR parties that Gator’s was famous for will be continued in February.
One thing that will be changing will be the menu. Graham, the former chef at the York Country Club, as well as the club’s kitchen manager, has lots of culinary plans. “We plan to add steaks to the evening menu along with spaghetti and fettuccine.”
John E’s will add a lunch buffet starting in November and “the menu will expand as I can get in here and
get situated in the kitchen,” said Graham.
Currently John E’s is serving burgers, wings and chicken strips accompanied by fries and onion chips. However, they always have specials and events going on that the post on their Facebook page.
This summer Graham and Walford are looking forward to hosting a bike and car show and shine. The envision opening a beer garden to the north of their building.
Purchasing the bar embodies what the couple has enjoyed about small town living as they have lived in Cordova for the last year, “meeting lots of new people and making friends.”
John E’s plans to celebrate their new business by hosting a grand opening on October 15th featuring a live performance with Shawn Cole. Cole will also be performing at the New Year’s Eve party at John E’s.
Current hours for John E’s are Monday through Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. and Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.