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Barney Prine's Steakhouse and Saloon plans special beer and wine with food pairing events to showcase local wine vendors and breweries

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 - Barney Prine's Steakhouse and Saloon has opened the patio for the season, offering dinner every night and breakfast each Sunday.

For those who like their steak with a glass of wine or a cold brew, Barney Prine's Steakhouse and Saloon fits the bill.

"We're going to do some beer and wine with food pairing events," said restaurant manager Tammy Smith. "We're excited about getting those going."

And it doesn't have to be just steak.

The locally owned restaurant also offers a wide selection of entrees, and prime rib is on the menu every night.

Smith said they are connecting with local wine vendors and breweries, who will come in with their different liqueurs or their brews, and the chefs will pair the spirits with the foods that go best.

Although they are still nailing down the details, they hope to have a beer and wine pairing event in the late summer and another in the fall.

But, a variety of brews and wines are always on the menu.

"We have a pretty good wine list going on here at Barney Prine's," Smith said. "We have a lot of loyal patrons that come back and visit us not only for our wines, but for our dinners."

The restaurant is open from 4 to 9 p.m. each day for dinner and can seat 75 guests and an additional 36 on the patio in nice weather.

They employ 11 people, including head chefs Matt Casaubon and Eric Morgenstern.

Aside from steak and prime rib, Barney Prine's is known for its seafood.

"We get a lot of seafood sales. People don't realize that we've got the razor clams and things like that," Smith said. "One of our biggest sellers is our special on Friday and Saturday nights when we have prime rib and lobster."

The menu also offers burgers, chicken dishes, pastas and salads. Guests can add salmon, chicken or prawns to their large salads.

"Those are nice — especially with the summer coming up — to have those fresh salads," Smith said, adding that they also make their own homemade soups and sauces.

Patrons can top off their dinner with a dessert, such as a homemade brownie sundae.

"Barney Prine's wants to have great service and great food, and that's what we strive to do," Smith said. "And we have probably one of the best Happy Hours in town."

PHOTO COURTESY OF TAMMY SMITH
 - Barney Prine's Steakhouse and Saloon head chefs Matt Casaubon, left, and Eric Morgenstern.
Barney's Moonshine Saloon opens at 4 p.m. each day, except for Friday, when it opens at 3 p.m., and can seat 40. Happy Hour is 4 to 6 p.m. daily, and guest can sit in the lounge, where they have several video lottery games, or outside on the patio.

"One of the most popular things for Happy Hour is our micro brews," Smith said, noting that they are $4 a pint, and the house wine is $3 a glass during Happy Hour.

"We have several different hors d'oeuvres available at Happy Hour that are really popular," she said. "We have a cheese tortellini and artichoke dip that are really popular during that time, too."

The Happy Hour on a Stick kabobs are also a hit. Guest can try shrimp kabobs, steak bites and Brussels sprouts, or barbecue pineapple chicken kabobs.

Barney Prine's offers some signature cocktails during Happy Hour, such as Pear Moscow Mule, Van Pomtini and Blueberry Splash.

"In the fall, we'll probably change them up a little bit. We're going to give everybody a little bit of variety," Smith said of the Happy Hour cocktails.

Sunday is "fun day" at Barney Prine's Steakhouse and Saloon. They open at 9 a.m. and serve breakfast until 1 p.m. The lounge and patio open at 1 p.m., and the dining room opens for dinner at 4 p.m.

"The chefs do a really, really nice job on the eggs benedict," Smith said of the breakfast entrée. "We also have a chicken fried steak and eggs breakfast, which goes over really well, and biscuits and gravy."

They also serve mimosas and Bloody Mary cocktails on Sunday morning.

The steakhouse also offers catering services, and they enjoy hosting special events.

Smith said they support the local community and local businesses and purchase much of their beef and produce from local vendors. They recently participated in the Rusty Nutz Car Show and helped raise funds for the Band of Brothers.

"Once people come once, they're going to come back because we are really striving to have the best food in Prineville and quality service," Smith said. "They'll enjoy the atmosphere and the people, and that's what it's all about — having a good evening out."

Barney Prine's Steakhouse and Saloon

Manager: Tammy Smith

Address: 389 NW Fourth St., Prineville

Phone: 541-447-3333

Dinner hours: 4-9 p.m. daily

Saloon: 4-9 p.m. daily and 3-9 p.m. Friday

Sunday hours: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for breakfast; lounge and patio 1-9 p.m.; dining room 4-9 p.m.


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