If you ask anyone in Page, whether locals or tourists, what our town needs most and the answer is: more restaurants.
Our wishes came true in the form of Gone West, a western-themed restaurant and bar, that features American food such as steaks, burgers, and various chicken and shrimp dishes, pastas and salads. It also has a full bar and a large stage equipped with lights, microphones and amplifiers.
Gone West is owned and operated by the Byrd family. When Lisa and Dindy Byrd decided to open a restaurant, they didn’t just want a restaurant, they wanted to host a party every night, and that’s just how it feels when the band gets on stage and the place starts rockin’.
“We’re much more than just a place to eat,” said Dindy. “Heck, we’ll give you a tambourine and invite you up on stage with us.”
Gone West is big. It seats 375 people. They have a front room and a back room.
The back room is set up to handle large groups and they regularly host large tour groups that arrive on three or four buses. The front room is set up for smaller parties.
Dindy and Lisa’s children — Nicholas, Lindsay, Micky and Maddy — are all part owners of the restaurant and they all play a role in the restaurant’s success. Nicholas works in the kitchen.
Twins Micky and Maddy wait tables, Lindsay leads the crowd in line-dancing. She also joins the band on stage where she sings and plays the keyboard, and where she morphs from Lindsay to Linzi, her stage name and alter-ego.
Prior to opening Gone West, Lisa and Dindy managed The Cantina, and prior to that they did the same at Ken’s Old West.
“I’ve been doing this for 20 years,” said Lisa. “Dindy and I have been doing this most of our adult lives. Last year we saw an opportunity to do it for ourselves.”
“A big part of why we did this is to be with our kids and spend more time together as a family, said Dindy.
“I like it,” said their youngest daughter Lindsay. “It’s a lot of fun working and being with my family.”
Gone West will also open for lunch in the near future and they plan to be open for breakfast too by the beginning of the 2018 tour season, said Lisa.
Gone West is perfectly suited to host large groups and parties.
“We want to be the place where Page goes to have their Christmas parties, wedding parties and anniversary parties,” said Dindy. “Basically, if you’re having a party, you should have it here.”
Gone West opens at 5 p.m. It is located in the old Basha’s Plaza, next to The Mandarin and B’Dazzled.