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LINCOLN — The owners of the former Maverick's Steakhouse in Lincoln have converted the site into a new restaurant, Rusty's Clubhouse and Grill.

"We think anyone who comes to our new restaurant will get the chance to taste some great food at a quality price with a good atmosphere," owner Chris Hruby said of the business at 2810 Woodlawn Road.

The eatery opened Monday. Hruby said the name came from his father, Russ, and mother, Mary, who founded the Maverick Steakhouse chain in 1983. The chain is also owned by the Hrubys.

Hruby said Rusty's has a wide variety of dishes, including steaks, chicken, pasta, seafood and sandwiches. There is also a lunch express menu available. Lunches range from $4.99 to $8.99, while dinners range from $7.99 to $15.99.

Hruby said, "This isn't a chain restaurant; it's one-of-a kind and a perfect addition to Lincoln."

The unique dining environment is complete with sports memorabilia, Lincoln Route 66 items, and other artifacts from Logan County attractions, Logan County Tourism Director Geoff Ladd said.

"Rusty's Clubhouse and Grill is just the perfect tourist hub. It even has a tourism stand set up inside for fliers, making it a great addition to Logan County," Ladd said.

The eatery's hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The bar/clubhouse area is open until 1 a.m. on the weekends and smoking is allowed in the bar area.

To contact the restaurant, call (217) 732-7169.

Chris Hruby and his father also announced last fall they are interested in opening Houlihan's restaurants in Bloomington-Normal and several other Central Illinois locations. Work on those plans is proceeding.

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