Dale and Shannon Wells took over the Lazy JD Bar and Grill in Fallon on March 3. It’s a family affair with the Wells’ children helping serve customers. From left to right, children are: Kaitlynn 12, Wyatt 11, Carson 9 and Ashley 15.
New Lazy JD Bar & Grill owners Dale and Shannon Wells say they are enjoying the cozy feeling Fallon offers and the support the community has already shown them.
“It’s just comfortable,” Dale Wells shared. “Everybody’s friendly. It’s like family.”
The couple, along with three of their four children, moved to Fallon from Malta earlier this year. Their oldest daughter Ashley plans to join the family after finishing the school year in Malta.
They officially took over the business on March 3 and according to Shannon since that time the meet and greet session with area residents and others has remained fairly constant.
“There’s been a lot of people coming by to meet us,” Shannon smiled.
Shannon said she spent a couple of weeks working with previous owners Kelly and Dulcy Hubbert. The time and advice shared during that period helped provide a smooth transition, she said.
Dale, who works as an engineer for BNSF Railway, said he sees Fallon as a good location for a business like the Lazy JD Bar & Grill. He first became familiar with Fallon while working the BNSF Railway route between Glendive and Forsyth.
“There just seems to be a lot of potential in this area,” he said, pointing in particular to the effects the oil boom is having on communities throughout Eastern Montana.
“I’m really shocked as to the distance people come to eat here,” Shannon added.
Along with serving the same quality food the establishment has gained a reputation for, Shannon shared they also hope to add a few more homemade style cooking items to the menu. A smoke cooker will soon be used to offer barbecue style cooking as well. Some remodeling projects are also in the works, including new wood flooring in the dining area.
The couple, who first met in grade school near Marysville, Calif., moved to Montana 18 years ago. They have lived in Malta for the past 6 years.
Shannon has worked in the food service business most of her life, beginning in a deli owned by her aunt and uncle.
“I love to cook. It’s been my love and passion for years,” she shared.
Published April 20, 2011