SHERIDAN — Fifteen years ago, the west side of Sheridan looked different. Many of the homes in the neighborhoods there — such as Cloud Peak Ranch, Holly Ponds and Osprey Hill — didn’t yet exist.
At that time, Highland Park Elementary School students still went to class on Highland Road, the Welch Cancer Center had not yet been built on the west side of the hospital campus and the Sheridan Country Club still hosted afternoon tee times.
As Sheridan’s population has grown, though, few food or beverage options have popped up on the west side of the city.
One group of local business owners — those behind Mydland Market, LLC — have plans to change that.
The group — whose registered agent with the Wyoming Secretary of State’s office is listed as attorney Greg Von Krosigk — has started work on a building located on Mydland Road that will contain a liquor store, coffee shop and restaurant.
The liquor store — The Bottle Shop — opened earlier this month, while the coffee shop — Hallowed Grounds — will likely open this week.
Chef Travis Sorenson said the restaurant — McGregor’s Bar & Grille — will open in the next few weeks.
Sorenson is the chef at Birch in downtown Sheridan. He and his wife, Heather, along with Jesse Elhardt, will manage all three pieces of Mydland Market.
Sorenson said he became involved in the project when the ownership group asked him if Birch wanted to create the pastries for the coffee shop. Because he felt his team at Birch has become a well-oiled machine, Sorenson offered to take on more than the pastries.
With the aim of creating a more friendly restaurant for the families who live on the west side of the city especially, Sorenson and sous chef Elhardt have created a menu he describes as “elevated bar food.”
The prices will be similar to those found in other restaurants in Sheridan, except for a special lunch menu that Sorenson said he envisions will be available only to high school students looking for a quick bite between classes.
Sorenson noted that in total, the three businesses will likely employ a total of 30-40 individuals, with a mix of full-time and part-time positions.
While the restaurant breaks the mold, existing outside an established commercial area like downtown Sheridan or Coffeen Avenue, Sorenson said he’s confident the project will succeed.
He expects staff at large employers like Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, the hospital, local schools and others will stop in for lunch, while families both in nearby neighborhoods and across the community will head there for dinner and the views, which overlook the Bighorn Mountains.
If the west side of the community continues to grow, too, it would add to Mydland Market’s immediate customer base. Currently, several lots are for sale in nearby neighborhoods and the county’s Comprehensive Plan denotes the area as one poised for urban residential growth, a potential commercial center and near a planned future road network that could more directly link portions of the city and county in the future.