There’s a new steakhouse in town, courtesy of well-known local restaurateurs Kason and Morgan Sundberg.
Kane’s Cattle Co. will tentatively open its doors in mid-December, bringing to three the number of restaurants the Sundbergs own. They purchased The Loft Bar & Grill in March 2016 and Lollygaggers Sports Pub & Grill in October 2018.
“Our vision is to bring a culinary uniqueness to the ever-growing downtown Crystal River area,” Morgan said. “Kane’s will serve as a casual lunch venue, and transition its evening atmosphere into a casual fine dining experience everyone will love.”
The eatery, to employ about 20 people, is named after the Sundbergs’ 17-month-old son, Kane Barco Sundberg.
The Sundbergs also own a beef cattle ranch called Barco Farms in Floral City, which they inherited from her grandfather Keith Barco. Plus, they have a mobile food truck that they use for catering events.
“We’ve always wanted a steakhouse,” Morgan said.
Morgan is a sixth-generation cattle farmer. Her husband, Kason, worked side by side with her grandfather for many years before he died and he “has done an amazing job in keeping his memory, and family legacy alive,” she said.
Morgan said the restaurant’s main focus will be on steaks and other meats including: wagyu (Japanese beef), tomahawk ribeyes and bone marrow.
Kane’s will also feature a Sunday brunch.
The Sundbergs are continuing to put the finishing touches to the interior, which already boasts on the wall a trophy of a Texas longhorn named “Lucky.”
One interior feature Morgan is proud of is a wall where local cattlemen can etch their brands.
When this building — formerly the Hardwood Smokehouse — became available, the Sundbergs jumped on it for its prime downtown location.
“We wanted to be part of the growth of downtown Crystal River, she said.
The couple is incorporating the latest technology at the steakhouse. For example, instead of receiving the usual pager that lights up and vibrates when your table is ready, patrons will receive a text on their phone.
This allows customers to walk around Citrus Avenue and enjoy the other shops while they wait for their meal, instead of being tied to the restaurant because of the limited pager range.
Morgan said the feedback from people in the area has been encouraging.
“We’re blessed by the support of this community,” she said.