Refreshed, ‘New’ Greenery reopens

By RICHARD LUKEN
Register Reporter

Register/Richard Luken
Among the new employees at the New Iola Greenery are, front from left, Abby Sonka, Nancy Sigg, Roxanne McNelly and Monica Long; and back from left, Skyler Houk and Dave Chavez.

It took about 3 1/2 months for crews to restore the Greenery to its original splendor — with a few improvements sprinkled in for good measure.
The restaurant’s managers are confident that customers will enjoy the remodel, new staff and management team.
Maxine “Max” Oswalt, co-manager of what’s now called “The New Greenery,” 1303 N. State St., provided a tour of the restaurant that reopened to the public May 22.
“We redid pretty much everything,” she said. About the only original elements of the restaurant are its walls, floor and ceiling — and those were cleaned repeatedly to get rid of “30 years of grime and smoke.”
“That’s why we’re calling it ‘The New Greenery’ and ‘The New Inn Club,” Oswalt said, adding the reference to the adjoining bar area that still is undergoing renovations.
In addition to the remodel, crews did extensive cleanings of the ornate tile flooring and knotty pine ceilings and added new lighting throughout.
Restrooms were expanded for greater access with new countertops, and the kitchen has new appliances. A computerized sales and ordering system also was installed.
A staff of 25 will strive to maintain a family atmosphere inside the restaurant — the entire building is now smoke-free — with daily lunch and dinner buffets and a breakfast buffet on weekends.
“We’ll still have menus for ordered items,” she said.
Maxine Oswalt and Tony Gorjiyan co-manage the restaurant, now owned by Maxine’s brother, Dan Oswalt.
Oswalt hopes to have The New Inn Club’s renovations finished within a month or so, at which point the restaurant will open a fine dining area. And when that is complete, Oswalt will secure a license to sell alcoholic beverages within the entire premise.
A pair of banquet rooms again have reopened for various functions or to accommodate overflow crowds from the dining area, she said.
“We’d be happy to host meetings, private parties, class reunions, things like that,” she said.