Business Name: Ranch Hand by Slick Fork
Type of business: Restaurant
Location: 6901 Hughson Ave, Hughson
Opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Contact information: (209) 542-7033 or [email protected]
Adam and Kevin Bradley have become well known in and around Hughson for their success with the Slick Fork barbecue restaurant. The brothers founded the popular restaurant in 2018 and in 2021 brainstormed ways to grow their businesses.
“Slick Fork is a great place for us, but we were looking for other spaces to exploit the restaurant side,” Kevin said.
In July 2021, the brothers officially acquired the space at 6901 Hughson Ave. at Hughson, but their plans soon changed.
“The place needed a lot of work, especially the kitchen because we wanted to cook here,” Adam explained.
The history of the building goes back more than six decades. It started out as an auto parts store before becoming a bar in the 1970s.
“He’s been through a bunch of different stages in his life and he’s really deteriorated,” Adam said. “Pretty quickly I realized that if we were going to do all this work, we should just make it another restaurant.”
Exactly one year after the date they received the keys to the space, the new location, named Ranch Hand, opened on July 1 of this year.
“Ranch Hand is literally Slick Fork’s little brother. Without Slick Fork, Ranch Hand wouldn’t be here today,” said Adam. “That’s why we chose this name. On ranches you need a helping hand, and this place is just that.
Although Ranch Hand is an extension of the Slick Fork brand, the menus are very different. While Slick Fork continues to serve its signature grilled meats, Ranch Hand is aiming for entrees like burgers, sandwiches, pastas, salads, tacos and appetizers.
“In this town there hasn’t been a real food place for a while, we decided to go with the wings and fries and things like that,” Adam said.
There are a number of menu items that will remain consistent throughout the year, but the Bradleys want to emphasize experimenting with new flavors.
“We just have different ideas. We like to play around with the menu a bit,” Adam explained. “Keeping everything the same is not what we do here. Our vision is to keep things fresh all the time and inspire people to come up with new things. It keeps people excited about the place because if you have the same beers and food all the time it can get old and stagnant. We want to animate it. »
Since they’ve only been open for about a month, Bradley’s team is looking forward to experimenting with more seasonal dishes as well.
“We’re getting ready to do more seasonal dishes,” Adam said. “We want to incorporate seasonal vegetables and make dishes based on the time of year. As the weather gets colder, we’re going to focus more on hot, healthy dinners.
Besides food and drink, Kevin and Adam also want to create a dining atmosphere that customers will remember. Inside the restaurant, there are antiques such as lunch boxes, country music vinyl, license plates, auto parts, and other vintage relics hanging on the walls, many of them the Bradley family. and their friends have found at garage sales and flea markets over the years. .
“We were really going for the blue-collar American country look here,” Adam said. “People always ask about certain antiques and it really creates that bonding experience that we want people to have here.”
These experiences can also be had at sporting events and other weekend events. Along the walls are five large televisions, which still show the best sports channels and this fall will feature NFL Sunday Ticket. Plus, on many Fridays and Saturdays, their outdoor terrace hosts live music from local bands and artists.
“The atmosphere we’ve created is amazing and we’re really starting to see it grow,” Adam said. “Ranch Hand has been really great for us so far.”
To keep up with the latest menu specials and upcoming events, the Bradleys encouraged the public to follow @ranch_hand_by_slickfork on Instagram.