Lacey Stark, co-owner of the Peach Tree Grill at Copperhill, is perfecting the recipe for a successful family-owned business with a side of individuality.
“I grew up in the restaurant business, but I am really enjoying the mentorship of my family while trying things on my own,” Stark said.
She believes in doing anything she puts her mind to by focusing – one day at a time – on what needs to be done today so as to move forward tomorrow. That focus meant re-thinking the Copper Hill Event Center that she and family members closed a few years ago when the economy began to slump.
“We didn’t have the income from a restaurant or hotel like other places that have income-generating revenue,” she said. “When we had the event center, we did quite a lot with the community. I am looking forward to bringing that back now with this restaurant.”
Stark chose to update the existing building, with its tongue-and-groove vaulted cedar ceilings and three unique fireplaces.
“For us it is a piece of history,” she said. “When you walk in, you get something from the bones and structure of the building that you are not going to get with brand new construction.”
The renovated green space in South Salem provides a cozy atmosphere for patrons, 15 new jobs, and an opportunity to help the community.
“My mom always helps when she can,” Stark said. “The Salvation Army, Union Gospel Mission, food banks and soup kitchens are near and dear to our hearts. We like to be able to serve in that capacity.”
The Peach Tree Grill at Copperhill is getting a lot of positive feedback, Stark said.
“It’s exciting!” she said. “People are glad to see a restaurant like this out South.”
Executive chef John Simmons, a world-class chef, is serving classic dishes with a twist, Stark said.
“You will find burgers, seafood, pasta, certified Angus beef and many signature peach dishes,” she added. “We like to call it Northwest-fresh local American food.”
The Peach Tree Grill offers diners a positive eating experience, Stark said.
“We want to please people,” she said. “We want to do a fabulous job and be here forever!”
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