Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Fill Your Belly, Warm Your Heart Among Magical Christmas Lights at Tub’s Pub
There’s nothing quite like Tub’s Pub during the month of December. Known far and wide, Tub’s Pub has become a destination over the years, drawing customers from roughly a 100-mile radius for its fresh, homemade food and friendly service. But visiting Tub’s Pub during the holiday season fills you up with more than good food; it fills you with a heartwarming combination of childlike wonder and Christmas joy.
New owners Bruce and Janna Eberle purchased Tub’s Pub from Doug and Carol Hoos in January 2017. With the change in ownership, long-time customers have been wondering if the Eberles plan to continue the Christmas lighting tradition that attracts them to the restaurant every December.
You see, over the 42 years that Doug and Carol Hoos owned Tub’s Pub, their Christmas lighting display grew a little every year until, without really realizing it, it became an attraction itself.
If you’ve been to Tub’s Pub in recent years, you think of two things: good food and Christmas lights. It is sometimes referred to as “that place that has Christmas lights all year.”
While it’s true they do keep a few dozen strands of lights up year-round, the display in December is truly a magical sight. The best thing about their lighting display is surrounding yourself in the lights. You don’t just drive by and view it for a minute or two; you get to bask amidst the lights for an entire meal. It’s like being a part of the display.
Bruce and Janna negotiated to keep the Christmas lights as part of the purchase agreement, and Carol sweetened the deal by offering to help put them up the first year.
The lights are turned on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and remain on through the New Year.
“The lights make office holiday celebrations in our party room extra special,” Bruce said. The party room holds about 50 and can be booked for Christmas parties for businesses, families, and other small groups.
If It’s Not Broke, Don’t Fix It; Still Serving The Same Great Food
Bruce and Janna have continued serving the same wonderful food made from the same recipes perfected by Doug and Carol. “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it,” Bruce said with a laugh.
Nearly everything served at Tub’s Pub is made fresh, with the exception of a few premade appetizers. The handmade chicken fries are a popular choice. The soups are their own recipes made right in their kitchen. The salads are all made fresh. And, the pies and cheesecakes are all made from scratch. The Eberles proudly use farm-fresh, locally grown eggs and all meats originated from Nebraska.
“We do our best to serve everything fresh, using local or Nebraska-based products,” Bruce said. “It’s important to us to support the hard-working producers in our great state.”
While keeping the favorite tried-and-true recipes, Bruce and Janna do occasionally preview new recipes during lunch. “It’s the right mix of taste and presentation that gets people excited to be there.”
They also mix up the menu, offering different specials. Friday and Saturday nights are prime rib specials. Every Wednesday night features a different theme: the first Wednesday of the month is Italian night, the second is taco night, the third is specialty burgers, the last Wednesday is prime rib. When there are five Wednesdays in the month, the fourth Wednesday is mountain oysters night so that the last Wednesday of the month will always be prime rib.
It’s All About The People
The Eberles are enjoying their new role as restaurant owners. While new to the restaurant business, mentoring from Doug and Carol set them up for a successful venture, and their 12-15 full- and part-time employees play an important role in customer satisfaction.
“We really enjoy hosting. It’s an adventure every day meeting new friends and seeing old ones and hearing their stories,” Bruce said. “We love being the place where people can stop to get a great meal and feel right at home.
“We hope places like Tub’s Pub and other small businesses will make communities like Sumner a more attractive option for young families seeking a nice place to raise their children.”
Warm Your Belly, Warm Your Heart
Sometimes, a home-cooked meal will warm not just your belly, but your heart, too, especially when served in the middle of a magical Christmas wonderland by friendly staff who greet customers like family.
Warm your belly—and your heart—this holiday season at Tub’s Pub, just off Highway 40. They’re open Monday–Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Friday–Saturday from 7:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. They are closed on Sundays. Reservations can be made for groups of eight or more. Be sure to check out their Facebook page for daily specials. Gift certificates available.