The newly christened Walkers Neighborhood Provisions is set to show off its makeover on Thursday, when it opens to customers after a month-long closure.
Owner Bill Honaker and head chef Nick Steen have revamped the menu and remodeled the restaurant to reflect a more relaxed and casual atmosphere.
"We want to make it a fun place to be," Honaker said.
The new layout includes remodeled light and wall fixtures, a more open dining room and a raised corner near the back of the restaurant for more formal diners. New murals above the kitchen were painted by local artist collective Underground Kulture Krew.
Reflecting the change are new menu items that will come in single or shareable sizes. Everything will be a la carte, Steen said, giving diners more flexibility with their orders. Dishes also will be less expensive than when it was Walkers American Grill.
The restaurant will also feature something called "social beer." Steen describes them as 22-ounce boutique and special release beers that diners can order to their table for people to share.
"Like you would a bottle of wine," he said.
The new menu was crafted by Steen and approved by Honaker, and will reflect the more casual vibe the two are seeking. Walkers' most popular dishes will stick around — like the house salad, meatloaf and the Bourbon Street linguine — but new items will be introduced with an eye on flavors that reflect the various cultures that have taken root in Billings.
The restaurant will have fresh fish daily, feature a "ramen of the day" and a 14-ounce rib eye steak with a special house-made steak sauce. The menu includes a new duck dish and new pork offerings that Steen is excited about. Many items will include a vegetarian option.
Honaker is optimistic the changes will be well received, and he's excited to see people's reactions as they arrive to dine. Steen is confident that customers will enjoy the new atmosphere.
"It really is about having fun," he said.