A Ewing entrepreneur has created a cultural hub in Holt County. Dustin Wright has turned DW’s Pub and Grill into a must stop-place.
Wright originally grew up on a dairy farm in Ewing, after moving away for a few years to attend school for heating and air.
“I originally moved back to O’Neill to take a job. I happened to be in here one night. We got to talk with the previous owner. I ended up on a whim buying it,” Wright said.
Since taking on DW’s, Wright has expanded the building while working with his mother and sister.
“My sister went to school for culinary arts. That was part of the reason I wanted to get into it,” Wright said. “I was only 23. I was young and wanted to own a bar. That’s pretty much how it took off.”
While the atmosphere draws people to come back, DW’s reputation for good food is what brings people in.
“There’s quite a different variety of things to choose from on the menu," Wright said. "From pizza to phillies, ruebens and burgers. There’s a various sort of items. I think that’s a huge part of it."
Not only is DW’s the place to be within the Ewing community, it is also a destination for surrounding areas as well.
“I’ll see a couple of people drive 35-40 miles to eat here at least once a week. There are a lot of people from surrounding towns that come here quite a bit,” Wright said.
Hunting season brings in people from a longer distance that stop each time they are in town.
“We’ve got some guys from Omaha that come down here to hunt for turkey season and deer season. They stop in here all the time. Some come from Oklahoma and areas around,” Wright said.
Wright said his purpose behind DW’s is a lot more than just owning a bar.
“It’s a family business. That’s a big deal. (We are) part of the community. I’ve been lucky and fortunate to be doing it since ’08,” Wright said. “People have supported me and that’s a win in itself.”