Maggie and Charlie Cruser opened Ye Olde Dogs Steak House, 130 W. 11th St., on Friday, June 15, after working to remodel the space since March.
“The concept is basically good food, wine, family atmosphere, good music and just relaxing and taking your time,” she said. “My whole idea is not to push anyone in or anyone out. Come and go as you please.”
Maggie Cruser, a native Bostonian and Livermore resident, acts as the owner, while her husband is the self-described “man behind the scenes assisting Maggie with the everyday stuff.”
After spending years in the family business of steakhouses and fish restaurants in New England, Maggie Cruser said “it felt right” to open a steakhouse in Tracy, which she thought was friendlier to business.
She said the restaurant’s three menus feature breakfast, lunch and dinner selections that include fresh seafood from the East Coast and Black Angus-certified beefsteaks and prime rib from California. All entrées are priced under $30.
The bar serves 70 wines — 90 percent of which are from the San Joaquin Valley, from Lodi to Paso Robles — and has eight beers on tap and several domestic choices in bottles. Two big-screen televisions are mounted behind the bar, while three are posted upstairs. A smaller television hangs in a nook above two leather couches.
“This is not a bar, it’s a lunch and supper club,” Charlie Cruser said. “We have fine wines and beers, and we support the community by giving them a nice lunch, dinner or breakfast on the weekends. We want you to enjoy your meal and treat this as a place to relax.”
All of restaurant’s employees are Tracy residents, and about 90 percent of the materials used during remodeling, Maggie Cruser estimated, were bought in Tracy. Local artists’ work hangs on the walls. The Crusers are also outfitting a second-floor balcony where artists will be able to paint on the weekends.
“I love to play the violin, so I’m really artsy,” she said. “This space is open to everyone.”
The restaurant is open from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Reservations, walk-ins and takeout orders are all welcome. For information: 830-8400.