Rebranded Sanford restaurant opens Thursday

New menu features sports-bar food with healthy options

By Rosemary McCoy

Starting Thursday, ordering from the menu will be a lot easier at the new Will’s Training Table that replaces Beef ‘O’ Brady’s at the Sanford Sports Complex.

The new menu is two pages compared with the dozen from the franchised concept.

Michael Wallin

“We wanted it to be smaller, obviously, and we wanted it to be good and fast,” general manager Michael Wallin said. “Where we are, people don’t have a lot of time.”

Many diners are families whose children are playing in tournaments at the site in northwest Sioux Falls, and they want a quick meal between games, Wallin said.

“The menu serves a restaurant like this where you go from 0 to 100,” he said of crowds arriving at same time. “That was a big factor in the menu. … We wanted to match ticket times with a better menu.”

A subsidiary of Sanford Health operates the restaurant and decided to switch to an original concept. That includes a new look throughout the freestanding building, which seats 150. There’s a room that can be reserved for up to 40 people, a separate bar area and a patio that will be expanded.

Wallin said he pitched a new menu to the Sanford team, and only a couple of tweaks were made.

“It’s still classic sports-bar foods — burgers, wings and pizza.”

During a soft-opening event earlier this week, the chipotle steak burger, Will’s burger and a panini with turkey, brie, gorgonzola and strawberries were popular. The namesake burger features gruyere, grilled mushrooms, onion straws and the “signature sauce,” a blend of cream cheese, mayo, steak sauce and seasonings.

Entrée prices typically range from $9 to $13. There’s a kids menu with five items and six desserts to choose from.

The drink menu touts a variety of popular mules and flavored martinis. Will’s Training Table has 18 beers on tap, with Fernson Brewing Co. as the local offering.

“We have one of each style on tap,” Wallin said. “We didn’t try to be exotic; we just wanted great beers on tap.”

Hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Will’s Training Table is at 4021 N. Bobhalla Drive.

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Rebranded Sanford restaurant opens Thursday

The new menu at Will’s Training Table features sports-bar food with healthy options

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