Popular Warrenton restaurant undergoes complete renovation
Longtime patrons and new customers alike are in for a delightful surprise the next time they enter Foster’s Grille in Warrenton. The 110-seat restaurant, which also has an additional 30 seats outdoors, now in its 20th year at this location, has undergone a major renovation. “Everything that the customer sees will be different,” said Mike Cerny, president of the regional restaurant chain.
“It was time,” Cerny said of the decision to close the restaurant for a few weeks for the major facelift. “It needed to be freshened up and modernized.”
The first thing the customers will notice is the new decor. “The ambiance, environment, and everything customers see is just more updated, relaxing, clean, and comfortable,” Cerny said. The new decor is primarily a rustic, reclaimed wood look. Cerny explained, “I wanted a newer look, more in keeping with Warrenton. I think of Warrenton as having a rural, rustic look, and that’s what I wanted to portray here.” All the tables, booths, and furniture are made out of reclaimed wood. The bar and beverage stations countertops are a dark, fine-grained gray granite made from a quarry just south of Culpeper. Included with the renovation are new lighting, floors, bathrooms, outdoor signage, and soon to be completed repainting of the building. It’s not all rustic though; it’s well into the 21st century with eight brand-new televisions, primarily for sports, and a digital menu board.
Customers will also notice the improved flow in the restaurant. The ordering station has been moved about eight feet over, the drinks station is conveniently located right around the corner, and then customers can choose their seats in the dining room.
Foster’s fans will be glad to know that the menu will not be changing, nor will the prices. Known for its half-pound fresh charburger, jumbo chicken wings, fresh-cut Idaho potatoes, hand-scooped milkshakes, and fresh-squeezed lemonade, regulars will be glad to know that all their favorites will still be available. In addition, Foster’s serves locally brewed craft beer from its new beer tower and they still feature a white and red wine from a local winery. Cerny prides himself on the quality of their food: “Just because people look at you as a burger joint, it doesn’t mean that you can’t serve good, quality food.”
Also continuing unabated is Foster’s commitment to the community. Known for supporting the High School, sports teams, and other organizations in the county, that support has extended to local businesses for this renovation. “Every vendor that was part of this renovation is a business located in Warrenton. My architect, contractor, plumber, electrician, flooring, signage company, are all Warrenton businesses. I’m very proud to say that,” said Cerny.
Included in the renovation, of course, is Foster’s party room. The separate, 50-seat private dining room that hosts anything from birthday parties to sports team celebrations to business meetings is also undergoing the same transformation. It boasts a large-screen television that can be used for the group’s purposes, whether it is to play a movie at a birthday party, a replay of a sports game for teams, or to stream a business presentation from a laptop. “This is a unique feature we have,” said Cerny. “Here, groups can have a private, separate room but still enjoy the same food and atmosphere from the restaurant.”
“I feel the restaurant now has a very comfortable relaxed feel to it, so anyone can come in and feel welcomed. Whether it’s someone by themselves, a family, a couple, or a group of friends that want to sit at a table and enjoy an evening chatting in a relaxed atmosphere, we’re going to meet and exceed their expectations,” Cerny concluded.