OverTime Steakhouse & Sports Bar opens Parkston location
PARKSTON — Hutchinson County residents looking for their steak fix can look no further than Parkston.
On Friday, OverTime Steakhouse & Sports Bar officially opened its second restaurant location, at the intersection of Highways 44 and 37 in Parkston, a one-of-a-kind dining experience for the town.
In April, OverTime will mark its five-year anniversary in Mitchell, and this year boasts an expanding business model, noting a recently opened event center in Mitchell and its new Parkston location.
When the Parkston OverTime held a "soft opening" in October, it could seat 20 people, but following an expansion project, the building can now house 72 people at once. The restaurant stayed open throughout most of the expansion process, but closed for a week prior to its completion, owner Sean Moen said.
"It just got to be too much work to keep it clean, so we closed for a week and just opened officially over the weekend, and it was standing room only," he said. "It was an amazing weekend and the community is obviously really supporting us."
Moen has known many of the community members for his entire life, which makes the Parkston OverTime location's success sweeter.
Moen grew up in the Parkston area, he said, which is partially why he wanted to have a location in the town. And despite being located just 23 miles from the original restaurant, Moen said the Parkston location has been successful thus far, as its target is not a city audience, but rather to accommodate the area's rural communities.
So far, rural residents have made up the majority of his customers, ranging from towns like Geddes, Scotland, Tyndall and Milltown, Moen said.
"The food business is tough, no doubt, so any time you stick your neck out, you really just hope people support what you're doing, and we've certainly had that," Moen said. "From our experience we know it'll work here in Parkston. I think this was a really good move for the community and for us, as well."
Open from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, OverTime in Parkston doesn't plan to expand to include lunch hours in an effort to "not step on toes" of other locally-owned restaurants, but Moen said he would consider opening for Sunday brunch if people show an interest.
And though there aren't plans in the works to open any more locations, Moen said he's been approached by residents of other South Dakota communities inquiring about an OverTime of their own, and he's open to that idea, too.
"Our concept is simple and we do things very well, so we want to keep doing that," Moen said. "But anything we can set up that we feel a community has a need for, we're open to it."