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Skyline Grill opens Monday

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Katie Partch, background, left, and her sister Molly Horner describe "Skyline Grill," the new restaurant that Katie and her husband, Randy, will open on Monday, Nov. 7, in the "Skyline Addition" of Benkelman, Nebraska, on the north side of Highway 34.
(Connie Jo Discoe/McCook Daily Gazette)
BENKELMAN, Nebraska -- The endless horizons of Dundy County, Nebraska, and a 1950s classic Ford car inspired the name for a new restaurant in Benkelman.

The "Skyline Grill" will open Monday, Nov. 7.

Katie Partch, (who owns the Skyline Grill with her husband, Randy), and Katie's sister, Molly Horner, explained the restaurant's name to members of the Southwest Development Network, who toured Benkelman Oct. 26. Molly said that Katie's and her great-great-grandparents, W.T. and Winnie Mae Passmore, homesteaded the area in which the steakhouse is now located. The original name, "Passmore Addition," changed later to "Skyline Addition," Molly said, in honor of the family's favorite car, a 1954 Ford Crestline Skyliner, whose glass panel over the front set, according to advertising, offered "a freshness of view."

Pre-opening customers -- who enjoyed french dip sandwiches and chicken pesto paninis -- were members of the Southwest Development Network who toured Benkelman, Nebraska, Oct. 26.
(Connie Jo Discoe/McCook Daily Gazette)
Katie is the head chef at the Skyline Grill, and is bringing with her experience she gained at a well-known restaurant in Bird City, Kansas, at a bar and grill in McCook and at the Benkelman Golf Course. She earned a culinary arts and restaurant management degree from Central Community College in Hastings, Nebraska, in 2000.

"Our menu is unique, fresh and homemade, out-of-the-ordinary, with a gourmet touch," said Molly, who is general manager. "We want singles, and families, and grandparents, everyone, to come in and feel comfortable, with the atmosphere and the menu," Molly said.

Katie is also the designer -- walls of soothing, warm blues and grays, and floors and countertops of acid-washed and custom-designed concrete poured by her father's business, Krutsinger Construction of Benkelman. Katie was proud to tell Network members that she supported Benkelman businesses whenever possible.

The Skyline Grill is set to open in Benkelman.
(Connie Jo Discoe/McCook Daily Gazette)
The Skyline bar features four large-screen televisions. The men's restroom, alas, only has one large-screen TV.

Framed photographs in the bar feature local sunrises and sunsets. Large windows in the dining area allow for a view of the "skyline" of Benkelman and the far southwest corner of Nebraska, which, expanded, inspired the restaurant's motto, "Stateline ... Cityline ... Skyline."

Skyline Grill's menu includes five-ounce burgers: "backyard burger," "smokehouse burger," and a "skyline burger" with monterey jack cheese, smoked bacon, golden onion rings, pickles and chipotle mayo.

"Homestyle favorites" are chicken fried steak, hot beef sandwiches, a French dip and a Philly cheese sandwich.

A line of panini sandwiches offers chicken pesto, turkey artichoke and "Dad's Classic" roast beef.

Featured on the fish menu are jumbo shrimp, breaded shrimp, Alaskan king crab, flame-roasted citrus tilapia and salmon florentine.

Grilled chicken sandwiches can be fixed with honey-lime or rosemary dijon.

Katie's "Signature Sandwiches" are ham and dill, California ham and turkey, cranberry turkey, and a BLT. Diners who want to "create your own" sandwiches can pick from ham, turkey and/or roast beef; marble rye, hoagy or Italian white breads; the usual veggies, as well as sprouts and mushrooms; provolone, monterey jack and/or cheddar cheese; and chipotle mayo, basil pesto, spinach-artichoke dill sauce, cranberry sauce or guacamole spreads.

The appetizer menu features loaded steak fries, baked spinach-artichoke dip and chips and salsa.

The pizza and pasta menu includes hearth-baked pizza and pasta alfredo rustica.

Steaks -- oh, the steaks -- ribeye, filet, T-bone, prime rib, and -- believe it or not -- "The Sky's the Limit."

A special menu caters to kids.

Wines from Sage Hill Vineyards, north of neighboring Parks, Nebraska, will highlight the wine list.

Skyline Grill is located at 1304 W. Highway 34, on the north edge of Benkelman, on the north side of Highway 34. The phone number is (308) 423-5253.

Skyline Grill is open Monday through Thursday, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.; Friday, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.; Saturday, from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.; and Sunday, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Katie and Molly say the attire is casual; the dining is high-quality sit-down meals in a family-oriented atmosphere. They invite everyone to make the Skyline Grill a habit.

Check out Skyline Grill on Facebook.

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Best of luck! I can't wait to visit and I hope it's as good as Big Ed's or better!

-- Posted by blueCollarWorker on Mon, Nov 14, 2011, at 8:18 AM

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