When Nevada Unique Store owner Larry Rice saw all the things that are made in the Silver State, he thought it would be nice to have a place to buy them. After finding success selling Nevada items, he decided a restaurant would be a nice addition.
Rice is a member of Made in Nevada Organization, a nonprofit organization which promotes local art and products.
“All of the nice, neat Nevada products got me thinking that there needs to be a store where people can come and purchase those items,” said Rice.
The Nevada Unique Store is a place to find small batch, hand-crafted items made in Nevada along with fresh Santa Maria style food at the Sierra Gourmet Grill and Wine Bar extension said Rice.
The store offers local products made in Carson Valley, including barbecue sauce, pasta sauce, olive oil, local art work and photographs.
“I own a barbecue catering company and it was always my goal to put a restaurant in this building,” said Rice. “Since the store took off as well as it did, we pushed building the restaurant before the holidays to help sell those products.”
The Sierra Gourmet Grill and Wine Bar has a variety of food. For first-time customers, Rice suggested tri-tip or chicken, fish or pork chops and their vegetarian options.
“The Santa Maria style tri-tip is our signature item here and has definitely been a favorite,” he said. Rice also said the homemade chips and salsa are to die for.
They serve lunch and dinner with a full menu of appetizers, salads and main courses as well as a kids’ menu. They take reservations, but welcome walk-ins, phone and take-out orders. The restaurant caters for groups and parties as well.
The wine bar will offer a selection of wines from the Sierra Foothills, another local product, which will be open to the public Jan. 8.
“We encourage people to just come in and give us a shot,” said Rice.
The Nevada Unique Store, Sierra Gourmet Bar and Grill is located at 1378 Highway 395 in Gardnerville. They are open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
For more information or to place an order, call 775-392-2370. Sierra Gourmet Grill and Wine Bar and Nevada Unique Store is also available on Facebook.