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Ozmers to host grand opening at The Trails

The Trails owners (formerly Oscar’s Restaurant in Grangeville) Mike and Judy Ozmer will be host to a New Year’s Eve celebration and grand opening Dec. 31.

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The Trails owners (formerly Oscar’s Restaurant in Grangeville) Mike and Judy Ozmer will be host to a New Year’s Eve celebration and grand opening Dec. 31.

— With about five months under their belts, Michael and Judy Ozmer are ready for a grand opening.

“It’s going to be a great celebration,” Judy smiled.

The Ozmers purchased Oscar’s Restaurant – now named “The Trails” – Aug. 1. The grand opening is set for Dec. 31.

Judy said she’s been in the food service industry most of her life, starting with her very first job at McDonald’s.

“I also had a food booth and was a camp cook, and baked and sold a variety of breads,” she said.

In 2007, the Ozmers moved to Stites. In 2013, they decided to take a job adventure as camp cooks and spent time in Yuma, Ariz., Zion National Park, Yellowstone and at the base of Mt. St. Helens.

“Eventually, I thought, ‘Why are we using our good ideas and hard work to make other people money?’” Judy questioned.

Event details:

The Trails, 101 East Main Street, will be host to a New Year’s Eve party Monday, Dec. 31, 7 p.m.

Dinner menu includes shrimp cocktail and dinner salad and choice of steak, salmon or chicken cordon bleu, choice of baked or mashed potato or rice pilaf, vegetables with cheese sauce and dinner roll. Dessert will be served at 10:30 p.m. and champagne at midnight. Chips and dips will be available throughout the evening.

Costs for the whole night are $40 each or $75 per couple. For dinner only, 7-9 p.m., $25 each. Music and dancing only, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., $25. Live music will be by Vintage Youth. Reserve a table with ticket purchase by calling 208-983-2106.

It was then they began to look for something to buy.

“We had thought perhaps an RV park, but then Mike discovered Oscar’s was for sale,” she said.

The opportunity and possibilities were intriguing, Judy said, and they made their leap into the world of restaurant ownership.

They merged their love of Idaho’s historic trails and the name of Judy’s favorite childhood restaurant to rename the Grangeville eatery The Trails.

Judy said she is very concerned about the source of The Trails’ food.

“I want non-GMO and regionally sourced food,” she explained. “I don’t use MSG or soy and look for pure, healthy grain products.

Although most items – salad dressings, desserts and bread – are homemade, a few products are purchased elsewhere.

“It has to be really good and if I don’t feel like we can improve on it, and it meets my requirements, I will purchase it,” she explained.

Judy said she’s excited for the Dec. 31st grand opening.

“It’s going to be a wonderful party with great food and people, so make your reservations now,” she said.

Super 8 is offering stay-cations discount rates for those attending the event. Call 208-983-1002.

The Trails regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; closed Sundays and Mondays.


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