Cajun cuisine and soul food is coming to downtown Rapid City by way of faraway Louisiana and nearby Sturgis.
Sheree Schriver, owner of Jambonz Grill & Pub in Sturgis, is in the stretch run of remodeling the space at 516 7th St. into a Cajun-style eatery to be called Jambonz Deux (Two).
“I think we’ll be the first Cajun restaurant in Rapid City, so it’s pretty exciting,” Schriver said.
The Sturgis restaurant at 2214 Junction Ave. features a limited number of Cajun menu options and mostly local fare, including Schriver's cover of a South Dakota favorite, Indian tacos, which was featured on the cable television network Travel Channel program Secret Eats with Adam Richman in January.
Cajun dishes will dominate the menu options at Jambonz Deux (Two), including gumbo, jambalaya, catfish, red beans & rice, raw oysters, shrimp, crayfish and a soul food sampler platter along with other Southern dishes, ribs, chicken & dumplings and po-boys (sandwiches).
She will also serve beer, wine and espresso drinks.
Customers can order their meals for sit-down or as a fast-casual takeout for shoppers and downtown employees on a limited lunch break, she said.
“A lot of people only have 30 minutes for lunch. This will be something homemade and quick,” she said.
Construction of the restaurant has involved the fitting of new equipment into a historic downtown building dating to the 1880s.
Schriver needed to adhere to historic preservation guidelines while staying up to modern restaurant safety codes.
The space now has new plumbing and wiring and a self-contained hood vent system for the kitchen range and fryer. Partitions for the kitchen area are just 8 feet tall to preserve the view of the stamped metal panels in the 14-foot ceiling.
“Now it has a bar and some walls, which it didn’t have before,” she said.
Schriver and her daughter, Megan O’Driscoll, will be running both restaurants. Schriver is advertising for employees, wait staff and order takers for the second Jambonz in preparation for a hoped mid-July opening.
Another Culver’s opens
Elsewhere in the vibrant Rapid City restaurant scene, the city's newest Culver’s Restaurant, located on Mount Rushmore Road on the former site of Colonial House, has been open since the second week in May, property owner Jerry Scriver said.
This is the third Rapid City location for Culver’s, joining restaurants on West Main Street on the northwest corner of the Baken Park Shopping Center, and another in the Rushmore Crossing Shopping Center. Culver’s also has a location in Spearfish.
Scriver owns a new building going up on Mountain View Road, slated to be a second location for Blaze Pizza. Scriver said he expects the building to be complete by the first of September.
Also open for a few weeks now is the Klinkel Town gourmet burgers and grilled cheese restaurant in Main Street Square. Klinkel Town, the name paying homage to the eastern South Dakota town of DeSmet, the hometown of the family of owner and chef Benjamin Klinkel, who also owns nearby downtown eateries Tally’s Silver Spoon and Delmonico’s.
New engineering firm
Structural Dynamics, LLC has recently opened its doors as a regional structural engineering firm with offices in Gillette and Rapid City.
Brian D. Shippy and Philip P. Hohn, both longtime engineers, recently purchased the structural engineering department from Consolidated Engineers, Inc., and established Structural Dynamics, LLC as a separate entity, effective on June 2, according to a release.
The two firms will continue to work together on projects, but with each practicing separately in structural and civil engineering.
Structural Dynamics serves clients in Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota and northern Colorado, specializing in mining and heavy industrial projects. The firm also boasts extensive experience in a wide range of structural engineering projects, including the design of bridges, cranes, and governmental, institutional, and commercial buildings.
Hohn said the full structural engineering staff from Consolidated Engineers will be making the move to the new company, which will remain at 316 S. Gillette Ave., in Gillette through May of next year.
“Our clients can be assured that there will be continuity in the level of service and relationships that have been developed over many years with our staff,” Hohn said.
Hohn works out of his home in Summerset, providing engineering services for the Rapid City and Black Hills area.
Hohn and Shippy also congratulated Consolidated Engineers principal structural engineer Edward Scott on his recent retirement.
Scott’s career spanned more than four decades and helped establish the firm as a leading structural engineering firm in the region.
“We want to thank Ed for his role as a mentor and friend, and wish him the best in his future adventures”, Shippy said.