Food Finds - Cedar Bar and Grill


By Zach Richie

Sargent native Jake Klein is right where he wants to be. Ever since childhood, he wanted to own a business where he could grill mouth-watering steaks and burgers. Just a few years ago, he fulfilled his longtime goal by buying the Cedar Bar and Grill.

"I made up little business cards when I was a child with my bar name on it, so it was a dream come true," Jake said.

Named after the many cedar trees in the area, the Cedar Bar and Grill has its roots directly below the water tower in Sargent. Cedar fills the restaurant, from the tables to the bar, which Jake's dad built; it's even synchronized to music.

"Good food. Good service," customer John Kolar said. "We like to come here on Tuesdays, when they have taco night. You get a reasonable deal and good food."

Diners eat up wings, homemade fries and several varieties of fresh, hand-pattied burgers. Many come from long distances to enjoy the hand-dipped, beer battered onion rings -- they're some of the largest in the state and have many crying for more.

"They'll hear about our onion rings," Jake said. "Our onion rings are huge so huge, they come for the onion rings."

The bar's mascot, Maverick, greets every customer with a mischievous grin. Husker memorabilia fills the walls, including a flag that flew in Kuwait. Jake's brother-in-law donated it to the bar after serving overseas.

"It's really a cool deal," Jake said. "To know it's been a world away over in a war -- it's really a cool thing."

Jake fulfilled his lifelong dream of owning his own bar and restaurant. Now he's busy fulfilling the dreams of empty stomachs by providing them with plates full of big town food at small town prices.