New restaurant features beef from local producers

Chef Rick Kumpf prepares for dinner service at the Hilltop Bar and Grill in Wheatland.

WHEATLAND – Eat local. It’s the unofficial motto of the new Hilltop Bar and Grill in Wheatland, located in what used to be a private club. It’s now open to everyone, and locally produced items are the restaurant’s carte du jour.
Michele Stone, who owns the restaurant with business partner Jaimie Whinery, said local beef is the best choice for a quality meal.
“It’s all based around local stuff,” Stone said. “Our burgers are from the Horblit and Goertz farms.”
The Goertz family has been raising cattle and wheat at their southeast Wyoming farm and ranch since 1910, according to their website.
Their cattle graze on pastureland or other forage crops and are finished on grain raised on the farm, or purchased from other producers in the area.
The cattle are never given synthetic hormones or antibiotics.
The Horblit family has been in the Wheatland area for more than 20 years, and their beef is all corn, pea and grass-fed.
The angus beef is all natural with no hormones and aged 21 days before it goes to the restaurant.
Other local products customers will find on the menu regularly include Wyoming Gunpowder Seasonings which come from the Henderscheid family – diners have the option of mild or hot – and Rock It Sauce, concocted by local salsa contest winner Rick Kumpf.
We do as much local as we can,” Stone said. “Our ribeye steaks are the same meat that you get over in Hartville, and then we have the 2/3 choice sirloins. We have seafood, a few different sandwiches – we have the Hilltop Philly, the Crab a Cali, the BLT.”
Stone said future plans call for offering daily specials and a salad bar as well as potato bar in the evenings.
“I want to get to a point where we have different buffets on Fridays, whether it be an all-you-can-eat seafood night or maybe a German night or Italian night,” she said.
Stone also said she hopes to host events in the restaurant.
“We need some place like this around here,” she said. “When this place came up for sale, it gave me a great idea because we need a place where we can have weddings, banquets, retirement parties, and we need some good cheeseburgers.”
The restaurant, located at 1251 Cole St., is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays.
For more information, call (307) 241-0718



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