School may be out, but the Golden Q, 809 Ash St., Hays, is still going strong. As a matter of fact, the Q, as it is commonly called, has been going strong for more than 50 years. So, what is it about this popular bar and grill that keeps customers coming back for more?
“The Golden Q has good food, and a good atmosphere,” said Nick Porter, frquent customer of the Q.
“The Q has not only remained the place we loved when we were in college, but with all the new updates, is a place that is great to bring our families,” said Matt Raugewitz, FHSU Alumni ’89.
“I think what makes us a successful business is how we keep changing things in our building. Whether it’s the menu, or beers, or just keeping everything fresh and new,” said Brady Herman, current Golden Q manager.
Since owning the Golden Q in 1998, the Herman’s have expanded the interior from 3600 square feet to 7000 square feet. Nearly doubling it’s size. Also during this expansion, the Herman’s added a draft beer system that consistently keeps their draft beers at 28 degrees. This increase in space has allowed them to expand from six to 14 flat screen televisions, and add an outdoor patio for smokers.
Plans are currently underway to expand once again, this time across the street to 230 West 9th St., where Herman says they are opening up a sit down breakfast joint. Not only is this new restaurant planning to serve up bacon and eggs, but also is going to help the Q with its carry out orders.
“We get behind on ticket times often due to the significant amount of carry outs we have,” Herman said. “We are trying to make it as efficient as possible for our dine in customers to get their food in a timely manner, and this will be a big fix to that problem.”
While an opening date and name are yet to be determined, Herman assures customers that the legacy of the Q will continue to grow.
“Like they say, you got to spend money, to make money. We take that seriously, and we always love keeping up with the new trends,” Herman said.