“We incorporate a lot of our own local meats and produce and are able to use that in everything that we serve,” Provard said. “We have no frozen foods, everything’s fresh.”
Provard, who is also an antique dealer at Antique Crossroads, said that he wants the restaurant to relate to its surroundings, including the history and the speedway.
“We’re trying to really play off the racing theme in here and kind of tie it into what we do here,” he said.
The restaurant and bar will seat 137 people, and the deck outside will seat another 120, Mills said. The deck will be well-lighted at night, Provard said.
There is also a juke box inside as well as an open area for bands to perform. The restaurant has acts booked every Saturday beginning May 18 through the end of August, according to its website at www.thunderroadbarandgrille.com.
At the ceremony Tuesday, Terry L. Baker, president of the county commissioners, presented a certificate of appreciation to the restaurant. He talked about his memories of the building, including its time as a nursing home.
“My grandmother was actually in the nursing home here,” he said. “When I was a young man living in Pinesburg, I used to come to the Hagerstown raceway all the time, and I’ve seen a lot of things evolve within this facility over the years.”
Thomas B. Riford, president and chief executive officer of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, talked about the building’s history and what the new restaurant means for the area.
“This is wonderful for Washington County to be able to open up a new business, especially a great restaurant that’s right next door to the speedway with the thousands of people that they get every weekend here in Washington County,” he said.
A grand opening for the restaurant is scheduled for the public beginning at noon Saturday and will feature the band Crush Theory.
The restaurant will be open Thursdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. to midnight, Saturdays from noon to 1 a.m., and Sundays from noon to 10 p.m., Provard said.