Manager named for City Hall Bar & Grill

Following an impressive interview process, Jordan Dressen has been hired as the new general manager of the City Hall Bar and Grill.

“Jordan was hired based on his experience and enthusiasm he has for this job at hand,” said Eric Buysse, the president of the City Hall Bar and Grill board of directors.

“His basic menu matched very closely with what we had envisioned. We are excited to work with him.”

The restaurant portion of City Hall Bar and Grill is expected to be opening sometime in April. Dressen, 27, has been involved in the restaurant business since he first worked at Pizza Ranch in Tyler where he grew up.

“That was my first official job,” he said about the business that is now closed. “I was 15 years old and I have been involved in the restaurant industry ever since.”

After graduating from Russell-Tyler-Ruthton High School in 2009, Dressen attended college at St. Cloud State University. While there, he started working for Granite City Food and Brewery of St. Cloud.

“I was there for seven years,” he said.

“I started as a host and bus boy and worked my up to server and expeditor. “Eventually, I became head of training for front of house and would teach a course in our policies, procedures, food and beer for all new employees.

“I also cooked, ran deliveries, and would even help with janitorial, if needed.” Learning all the various nuances of the restaurant business will benefit Dressen in his new position at City Hall Bar & Grill.

Dressen, who currently lives in Canby with his longtime companion, Jess Wicks, heard about City Hall's need for a manager through a friend.

“I interviewed with the board, which must have saw something in me,” he said. “They are an amazingly nice and passionately involved group of people.”

Dressen's first day on the job was Feb. 5. “I'll be overseeing the daily operation and making sure we provide our guests with top-notch food and excellent customer service,” Dressen noted.

Dressen is currently hiring staff members, including cooks, servers, bartenders and dishwashers. “I'm looking for fun, motivated and hard-working people,” he stated.

Anyone interested in working at City Hall Bar and Grill can pick up an application at Gislason's Hardware or meet with Dressen at the establishment where he will be conducting open interviews from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24.

The restaurant will start out serving various types of burgers, broasted chicken and appetizers.

hey will also run specials that will include other types of meals before eventually expanding the menu.

“I don't want to give away too much yet,” said Dressen. “I'm still working out a lot of details with people and businesses in the area.”

“But I can tell you that we are working on some really cool stuff that the board and I are very excited to share with the community.”

As with any new business opening in a small town, there are always going to be skeptics. But Dressen feels confident the business will succeed.

“I know we'll be successful because we will stress the two most important things in this industry; great food and great service,” he said.

“It's as simple as that. I want to provide our patrons with something familiar, yet utterly unique to the area.”

Dressen is excited about the restaurant opening in the spring and eager to see his ideas come to fruition.

“I look forward to meeting everyone in the area,” he said. “And I am very proud to be a part of something that is so special.”

Updates will be posted on the City Hall Bar and Grill Facebook page.

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