Walkers American Grill and Tapas Bar in downtown Billings finished an eight-day makeover and reopened as planned Tuesday afternoon.
Bill and Marcia Honaker invested $125,000 into updating the walls, upholstery, refinishing the wood floor, adding two new tables and redoing about half the menu, mostly the small plates and tapas dishes.
They also added a wall of fame to display autographs from artists who have played and dined in Billings, including the Mamma Mia cast and jazz trumpeter Chris Botti.
Roundup artist Troy Evans of Blockhorse Designs built a second tapas table and a table for community dining from recycled mahogany. Just hours before the re-opening, Troy and his wife, Coila Evans, were moving the tables into Walkers and installing a wall hanging made of walnut.
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“Every time you change a menu you have to retrain, not just in the kitchen, but with the wines and the new cocktails,” Honaker said.
Jones Construction of Billings remodeled the restaurant at the corner of North 27th Street and First Avenue North.