New Volin Eatery Cooking Up Originality

VOLIN — For the past four months, Michelle Crawford has been working to transform the former Paddy Murphy's building in Volin into something new.

The end result of the renovation is W. Dee's Restaurant, a place that will have a menu that isn't similar to other restaurants in the area, Crawford said.

"We wanted to offer things that no one else offers," she said.

But bragging rights aren't the main reason why Crawford and Denise Blake, Crawford's co-partner, put together an original menu.

"We didn't want to take away from any of the other local business," Crawford said. "We won't open until 2 p.m. because that's when the (Volin Community) Cafe next door closes, and Tuesdays we are hoping to have a Mexican night, because Wakonda has a pizza night, and we didn't want to step on their toes."

The restaurant will also have two faces to it. It will serve as a family-orientated restaurant, but at 10 p.m., it will still serve as a full-fledged bar and will be open until 2 a.m. since Crawford was able to obtain a liquor license from the town.

After Paddy Murphy's closed earlier in the year, Crawford started leasing the building this past April.

Since then, Crawford has worked to make the building a much different place by gutting much of it out.

"We redid the walls, kitchen, bathrooms, carpet — everything," Crawford said. "Everything was 20 years old, and they had deep fat fryers, so everything got greasy."

Even though W. Dee's will have appetizers and wings, the building won't have a single deep fat fryer.

"We will use a turbo chef, which is forced hot air, but it's not a microwave," Crawford said. "Even the wings will be cooked in the turbo chef."

Crawford also replaced the beer taps and will offering four different tap beers.

W. Dee's will also have bottled beer a wine list. Crawford said she is planning to offer 15 to 20 different types of wine.

Crawford did keep one aspect of the building.

"I didn't get rid of the barn board, because I like it, and it absorbs sound very well," she said.

The work on W. Dee's is coming to a close, with what Crawford said was the happiest day in the process after she finished painting the restaurant on Tuesday.

The next step is organizing the tables, video lottery machines, seating on the deck and the game room.

The focus of the menu will be on pizza. Crawford brought in a dough maker and Blake will be making the pizzas from scratch.

"We are going to make our own dough and it won't be frozen," Crawford said. "Denise (Blake) used to work at Casey's and knows how to make good pizzas."

W. Dee's will also be taking bookings for pizza parties for kids from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Another staple of the menu will be the salads at W. Dee's.

"We have spinach, spring lettuce — basically all the things to make great salads," Crawford said.

Wings will be offered on the menu along with deli sandwiches.

"I have a ton of lunchmeat — almost too much lunchmeat!" Crawford said with a laugh.

W. Dee's will have a separate smoking section as well.

Crawford and Blake both said they are planning to open the restaurant next week.

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