CONGRATULATIONS to Mid-Town Grill, our June 2021 Business of the Month. Owners Kissty and Donovan Lane purchased the business, located at 260 Mountain Avenue, Tri-City, on October 1, 2017 and opened their doors just two weeks later, on October 15 and they have been serving our community ever since, but much has changed. Their original menu had just 15
items, mostly fish & chips and pulled pork sandwiches. They now offer over 40 items that include a variety of burgers,
sandwiches, seafood, specialty wraps, salads, strips, nachos and more … even “Naughty Fries”, and let’s not forget their locally famous homemade cheesecake, flavors change daily. Mid-Town Grill opened as a family-run business with Donovan, Kissty, daughter Aneava, son Tristan, son Devon, daughter in law Jessica, and adorable granddaughter Addy Ray all helping out. It’s still that way, but granddaughter Addy Ray is now 6 and there’s a new granddaughter, 2-year old Payton, also another daughter Sabre. Due to their business expanding they now have several new employees, also considered family: Bash Watson, Bella Boudine, Helina Jefferson, Jess Dyer, Payton Lee and Scott Clark. Mid-Town Grill was our May 2018 Business of the Month. In that article
the following was written:”This beautiful family has long term goals in the area to eventually offer a full-service restaurant .’This may become a reality
sooner than later. Donovan and Kissty leased the former location of the Canyon Mountain Cafe (aka Marla Kay’s and The Feedlot) on Main Street in Canyonville, but plans to re-model the building were put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that we’re “returning to normal” they’re revisiting those plans. For now they’re making improvements to their “look” with new exterior paint (see photo), a rollout canopy coming soon and more.
If you were one of their “early-on” customers when indoor dining was OK you know that their interior seating space was very limited.
Donovan told us that the question most frequently asked of him and Kissty is:”Will you be opening up to inside
dining again?” ….. no, they will not.
That space has already been re-configured to allow for more equipment and workspace for employees, but they have and will continue to make upgrades and improvements to accommodate comfortable year-round outside dining.
This amazing family is originally from Hermiston, OR. They “found” the Myrtle Creek/Tri-City while on a road trip to the Oregon Coast, checked us out, liked what they saw and “felt”, and the rest is history. During our interview with Donovan and Kissty for this article they were emphatic that we acknowledge and thank all the customers who stood by them, supported them and got them through the “rough times” of the COVI D-19 pandemic.