Canton gains ‘American comfort food’ restaurant

Jan. 8, 2018

Two California siblings who relocated to South Dakota have opened a restaurant in Canton featuring “American comfort food.”

Sioux Valley Grille is on the town’s main street across from the Lincoln County Courthouse. It quietly served a few meals before and after Christmas and started regular lunch and dinner hours Jan. 3.

It’s owned by Ken O’Brien, who moved to the Canton area in 2012, and his stepbrother, Peter Cobb, who went to culinary school and has extensive experience in restaurants and catering. Cobb moved here two years ago.

In addition to hamburgers, sandwiches and salads, there are options like a chili cheese baked potato, spaghetti and meatballs, a chicken quesadilla and chislic. O’Brien said he expects the menu to change as they discover what customers really like. The restaurant also serves beer, wine and liquor.

Canton is lacking in restaurant choices, O’Brien said, so they started Sioux Valley Grille to help fill the void and offer the community a place “to sit, relax and enjoy a good home-cooked meal.”

He and his wife bought the historic building at 117 E. Fifth St. in September 2015. The previous occupant was a Chinese restaurant.

“It had been closed for four years, and the building was in bad shape,” O’Brien said.

For the past year, the stepbrothers worked to turn it into a restaurant. They gutted the building and started to rebuild it, using a lot of repurposed materials from old barns and other buildings. They exposed the brick walls and refurbished the tin ceiling, removing layers of paint to better highlight the stamped details.

The interior is warm and inviting, and the restaurant can seat 50 customers at tables and booths.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, but they could change in the coming months.

In addition to Cobb, there are four cooks, including two who worked at Minervas, O’Brien said.

The restaurant will add catering in February, offering custom choices ranging from a small dinner party to a banquet for 1,000 guests.

O’Brien said that eventually the restaurant concept could be expanded.

“The thought is to get this going and maybe take it to some of the smaller communities that are underserved.”

Click here to see the lunch menu.

Click here to see the dinner menu. 


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Canton gains ‘American comfort food’ restaurant

Two California siblings who relocated to South Dakota have opened Sioux Valley Grille in Canton.

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