Those who patronize Muddy Misers will tell you not only that it is a unique restaurant; it offers as complete a dining experience as one could imagine. And, now, the restaurant has been expanded to accomodate the growing number of patrons who have discovered the food mecca that overlooks the Muskingum River. "It's almost doubled in size," owner John Starner said. "It's been interesting watching people's reactions." The new room on the east end of the building is about 600 square feet. Starner resisted the temptation to over-crowd the new space. The addition offers 32 seats - providing not only plenty of elbow room, but space for the display of items memorializing Starner's favorite author: Zane Grey.
Among the collection are items ranging from original black-and-white photos taken by Grey during his trips out west to the hand-written letter he penned to a fan who wanted to know what inspired the novel, "Riders of the Purple Sage." It's also said that the original Muddy Miser, for whom the restaurant's named, taught Zane grey how to fish.
"We have about as good a collection as the Zane Grey Museum," Starner said. "Plus, we think our food is outstanding." Find filet mignon, ribeye and New York strip steaks. Or, if your palate leads you to a seafood entree, try the scallops, shrimp or house-made crab and shrimp cakes- not ot mention the pan-seared Great Lakes walleye.