Harvest Restaurant promises good home cooking in Granite City

2012-08-26T00:00:00Z 2012-08-28T08:36:19Z Harvest Restaurant promises good home cooking in Granite CityBy Jim Merkel / Suburban Journals stltoday.com
August 26, 2012 12:00 am  • 

The menu board behind the cash register at the Harvest Restaurant shows color pictures of supersized chicken tenders, ribs, lasagna and all kinds of burgers. Nearby, in a display case, is a plethora of German chocolate and chocolate cakes as well as apple, coconut cream and cherry pies, both sugar-free and regular varieties.

Owners Mark and John Celik are quick to say it's all home cooked. They both say quality is most important, followed by price.

Although the restaurant at 2642 Madison Ave. opened two weeks ago, people are already coming in.

"Without advertisement, we are very happy," Mark Celik said.

For the last four years, the two brothers have owned an Alton Restaurant called Frank's at 2611 College Ave. It's named for their father, Frank Celik, 70, who retired about eight years ago. Frank Celik was the owner of restaurants in several towns.

"We always enjoyed it. How come? Because we worked together with my family," said Mark Celik, 40, of Bethalto. "We learned everything from my dad and the big chefs that he had."

After working four years at their restaurant in Alton, the two decided they wanted to open a second one in Granite City.

"We chose Granite City because we like it, " said John Celik, 47, of Wood River.

As the brothers spoke, two couples sat at a nearby table.

"We figured we'd try it," said John Halwacks, 61, who was finishing a Philly cheesesteak. "Fries are good."

"I had the chicken strips. That was really good," said his wife, Linda Halwacks, 63.

Near the counter, Denise Harris, 50 was waiting for her order of turkey bacon, lettuce and tomato.

"I just came to check it out because it was a new place," Harris said. "It seems very nice."

Contact reporter Jim Merkle at 618-344-0264 ext. 138

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