New DaRoos general managers Larry and Julie Love have lots of ideas to give still relatively new downtown restaurant a new image

    Some familiar faces have taken over DaRoos in Crookston and they’ve already hit the ground running. DaRoos’ new general managers, Larry and Julie Love, are excited to give the restaurant a new image and have plenty of ideas to boot.

    Julie worked as an assistant manager at Hardees for almost 10 years and Larry has always wanted to manage a restaurant. When the opportunity came to step in at DaRoos, the Loves felt it was the right time.

    Larry told the Times that he’s noticed that people are happier when you talk to them and that “conversation goes a long way”, so when you’ve lived in Crookston all your life and know a lot of people it’s pretty easy to make people feel welcome when they come into a restaurant managed by someone local, like he and Julie.

    “We’re going to focus on customer service and consistency of the menu items to get people in the doors and coming back,” Julie explained. “We’re also looking at expanding our buffet, which currently runs Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., to include some evenings, and a Saturday night buffet, plus Sunday after church.”

    “We’re going to have all employees wear DaRoos shirts while they’re working so they’re easier for customers to identify,” she added as she showed off her brightly-colored DaRoos shirt that dons an outline of Minnesota.

    Some of the new ideas the Loves have for DaRoos is to partner with the Grand Theatre for “dinner and a movie”, add a coffee club for seniors which could include freshly-baked brickhouse cookies, start a dart league with a new dart machine, add student and senior citizen discount cards, cater to kids with possible coloring contests, have Happy Hour deals and late night specials, and to add to their exterior presence.

    “I’d like to concentrate on the exterior and do some pop-out signs, and maybe some flags to catch people’s eyes as they drive downtown,” Larry explained. “Really promote visibility.”

    Julie says they have someone coming into the restaurant to offer advice on decor and lighting, plus they’ll have a slightly new layout. They plan to move the Coke machine out into the restaurant so it’s self-service and make the bar area more “user-friendly.”

    “Larry did a lot of the final construction (for building owners Jake Leas and Lee Tate) when DaRoos was first opening,” she added.

    By request, they’ll also be adding more TVs and having sports on during the Vikings, Twins, and Wild’s seasons, plus Nascar and other popular broadcasts.

    “We’re trying out some new options and we’re open to suggestions,” the Loves said. “We plan to advertise more and really get DaRoos’ name out there.”

    DaRoos will be participating in the 2019 Ox Cart Days summer festival with a patio party lunch on Wednesday, August 14 and they hope to pop up at other events like Night to Unite.

    DaRoos can accommodate large groups, sports teams, wedding orders, and want people to “stay tuned” for their upcoming Mother’s Day special. They have online ordering at www.daroospizza.com, to-go pick up and, get this, delivery any hours the restaurant is open. DaRoos is on Facebook and Instagram, too.