Though the name of the place might lead you believe otherwise, Grumpy’s Grill has a warm and inviting family atmosphere with wide selection of menu items, including numerous burgers to choose from.
Seven years ago, Tim and Lorrie Klump took the plunge and opened their own restaurant after selling the Famous Sam’s restaurants they owned in the Tucson area and getting out of the franchised restaurant business.
“We thought, ‘we’ve done this for years,’ since I graduated from college. ‘Why not just do our own? And then we don’t have to worry about the franchise and doing what they are telling us to do,’” Lorrie said.
Lorrie and Tim also wanted to get away from the bar scene where the establishment is open until 2 a.m., and to bring a neighborhood pub to the area.
“We wanted to gear it more toward families and just like an English neighborhood where everybody comes in and everybody knows everybody,” she said.
Lorrie believes a little more than half of Grumpy’s Grills’ clientele are regulars, citing people from SaddleBrooke and Dove Mountain come down on a regular basis just for their burgers.
When they first opened, they had a simple burger menu, which was modeled after a burger joint in San Diego that serves burgers and shakes. The menu has since expanded to having 16 different burgers, an extensive breakfast menu, soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps, and 10 dinner menu items.
With all of the items that they serve, Lorrie said they are sure to always use top quality products, which is what she attributes the good flavor of her food to.
A local baker bakes the buns for the restaurant, so they are always fresh and they have home made green chili that is incorporated into the Grumpy’s Slopper burger, green chili eggs as well as the green chili fries and green chili nachos.
“We try and keep it so that it’s not real expensive, but we do buy really, really good products,” she said. “Our hamburgers are certified Angus beef, we buy regular chicken. So we buy top-quality products so people are getting a value for their money.”
As far as the name, Lorrie said she and Tim were struggling to come up with a name and kept tossing ideas back and forth.
“My husband fits the mold,” she said. “He’s nice, but he kind of has that aura of being grumpy.”
With an assortment of beers and wines, along with 10 signature cocktails, and a happy hour from 2 to 5 p.m., Grumpy’s Grill’s very friendly and talented staff, both in the front and back of the house, is able to satisfy people who want to come in and watch some sports on any one of the televisions, but is also accommodating for families with children of all ages.