Boss’ Pizza among many new additions at Ramada Hotel

Nov. 18, 2019

Boss’ Pizza & Chicken is taking over the restaurant space at the Ramada Hotel & Suites.

The Sioux Falls-based restaurant chain is remodeling the area that used to be Castaways Bar & Grill inside the hotel at 1301 W. Russell St.

The hotel was purchased earlier this year by Rapid City-based Jobu Hospitality. Boss’ owner Jeremy Seefeld knows the new hotel owners because he also has restaurants in the Rapid City area, which led to the new lease at the Sioux Falls Ramada.

It will be the eighth location for Boss’ and the third in Sioux Falls.

“I had just opened a store in Grand Forks that’s inside a hotel there … and I’ve seen a lot of benefits from being in a hotel, so I’m pretty excited about this,” Seefeld said.

He’s replacing the carpet and flooring inside the Ramada restaurant space with tile and has taken out some tables to replace them with high-top tables. The restaurant is open throughout the renovation.

“There are four TVs in there, but we bought 15, so we’ll have a bunch more and make it more like a sports bar,” Seefeld said.

“It will be pretty much the same (Boss’) menu. Something we added in Sioux Falls recently was a chicken sandwich that’s really good – we put our own spin on it – so that will be a big thing on the menu. We talked about adding burgers, but we feel like our menu has enough on it and enough options it should be good.”

The walls will be covered in images of Boss’ 36 specialty pizzas.

Boss’ hopes to open around Thanksgiving, he said. He likely will try a lunch buffet to cater to workers in the area and will continue it if volume supports it.

The restaurant also will serve the adjacent water park, which the new owners have updated with fresh paint for the slide, pool and pirate ship.

On Monday through Thursday, Seefeld said the plan is to offer wristbands to families so parents and kids can use the water park without staying overnight.

“It will allow them to sit at the bar and have pizza and drinks,” he said. “I don’t think there’s anything like that in Sioux Falls right now.”

The offer likely will start in December, he said.

He also plans to use the banquet space at the hotel for live music, including a New Year’s Eve dance party, and a quarterly comedian.

Boss’ will offer a free shuttle during events at the nearby Denny Sanford Premier Center, he added.

The new restaurant is one of many planned updates at the hotel, which is adding new paint and carpet in all 150 guest rooms followed by new fixtures and furniture in future phases.

“There are a lot of good things going on out there,” Seefeld said.

Dallas Wilkinson, who manages Boss’ on Minnesota Avenue, is partnering with Seefeld on the Ramada location and will run it.

The new location retained the former Castaways staff and is hiring additional cooks, bartenders and service staff. Applicants can go to Boss’ Facebook page or email jeremy.seefeld@gmail.com.

Boss’ Pizza among many new additions at Ramada Hotel

Boss’ Pizza & Chicken is taking over the restaurant space at the Ramada Hotel & Suites.

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