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Posted: Thursday, May 25, 2017 6:00 pm

Bill’s Villager in Blue Jay is making some exciting changes—just in time for Memorial Day weekend—and it starts with a new dinner menu.

“We’re trying to change it up,” said co-owner Linda Miller.

New items include a blackened salmon with roasted pineapple and sweet chili sauce, as well as a sandwich that includes a buffalo chicken breast with fried pickle slices, pepper jack cheese, ranch, lettuce and tomato, all on a brioche bun. This is only the beginning of the new additions. “We’ve put a lot of work into this menu,” Miller said.

The hard work of the menu reflects how Miller and her husband, Bill, do everything: with all they’ve got. Since they bought Bill’s Villager in 2001 from Emil Hammers, the restaurant has undergone several updates. The first was in 2003, with a slight remodel to the dining rooms.

In 2014, Bill’s Villager saw a complete remodel of the restaurant. With new carpet, flooring, paint, and a whole new look, new life was breathed into the restaurant.

Now there are more changes on the horizon, and it isn’t just with the menu alone. Although it isn’t set in stone, Miller said that Bill’s Villager is considering an Early Bird dinner. This would run from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., and hopefully draw in mountain locals whom they wouldn’t otherwise see.

According to server Jamie Eshleman, Bill’s Villager is a great place to eat because of its “homemade food, good, fast service, and the children’s menu. It’s very family-oriented and family-friendly.”

It’s been this way since Miller and her husband Bill bought Bill’s Villager. Although this was the couple’s first time owning a restaurant, it wasn’t a daunting task. According to Miller, “Between me and my husband, we have over 100 years of experience in the restaurant business.”

She and her husband worked at what was then known as The Villager in the ’80s before they worked at other restaurants. They returned in 2001, when Hammers sold the business to them.

Exciting things have happened in the past few years for the restaurant. In 2016, the Millers celebrated their 15-year anniversary with a momentous celebration, reminding locals and visitors alike of the rich history of Bill’s Villager. Even with the remodels that have taken place, some things have remained the same. The old photos of the mountain are still hanging in the restaurant today, and the salad bar sits exactly as it was.

Miller said that the plan is to start serving from the new menu by Memorial Day weekend. Located at 27195 Highway 189, Bill’s Villager is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information or to make reservations, call (909) 337-9069.

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