The Ozark Mill Restaurant is Finally Open!
Last Friday, The Ozark Mill Restaurant opened for business at Finley Farms—and on Thursday I got a sneak peek of the much-anticipated eatery inside one of Ozark’s historic landmarks. It was such a treat! The mill building itself was lovingly and painstakingly restored, using existing materials. That gives it a beautifully old-meets-new vibe that is filled with personality and steeped in history. You can even see the old millworks in the ceiling in some areas, and walk across the original hardwood flooring. The space is bathed in natural light thanks to tons of windows facing the Finley River. When I first walked in, I got to browse around the general store, which is filled with fun foodie finds and handcrafted items. But I was most excited to try the food, and it did not disappoint. There are standard lunch and dinner menus, plus an ever-changing seasonal menu—and all of the menus highlight ingredients that are grown on the land at Finley Farms, like honey from their beehives and produce from their gardens. I tried a sampling of items from the lunch and dinner menus, including the Mill Burger (made with short ribs and truffle aioli), the risotto fritters with pickled pepper aioli (hands-down my favorite flavor of the day), a beautiful salad and the restaurant’s green tomato cake that was as tasty as it was beautiful. Right now, the restaurant is open by reservation only, and you can make them online.
Still on the horizon at Finley Farms is The Garrison, a downstairs speakeasy-style bar serving craft cocktails and small plates. Its name is a nod to the beloved Riverside Inn’s original owner, Howard Garrison. The speakeasy is not yet open, so of course we’re dying to try it. We don’t know what’ll be on the menu yet… but with that Riverside Inn legacy, we can’t help but wonder if fried chicken will make an appearance. We shall see!