About Mill Creek Pub

Based upon the history of North Clark County, the Mill Creek Pub was established to have a special meaning to the local community. For the past six months, owner Russell Brent has watched his idea blossom into what is now the Mill Creek Pub, located at 1710 SW 9th Ave., Suite 101, Battle Ground. The restaurant opened at that location Nov. 10. The pub focuses on the history of Mill Creek which runs north to south through Battle Ground and connects with Salmon Creek and all the mills that run up and down Lewis River. Brent, who moved to Clark County in 1999, became interested in the history when he was doing environmental studies of the community. He visited the Cedar Creek Grist Mill and heard about the discussion about whether it had a water wheel or turbine. After hearing the story, Brent decided to base the restaurants decor on the history that he believes has made Battle Ground so unique.

If you are over 40 and raised in Battle Ground, chances are your dad or grandpa was a farmer, rancher or logger or provided services to them, said Brent. So, when I learned about the history of the area, I wanted a rustic feel that brought memories back to those families that grew up in the area. The restaurant setting, created by contractor Dan Davis of Davis Remodeling, takes you back to the good old days. So, when I learned about the history of the area, I wanted a rustic feel that brought memories back to those families that grew up in the area A covered bridge leads patrons into the restaurant. The creation was inspired by the covered bridge leading to the Cedar Creek Grist Mill. In the center of the restaurant sits a 10-foot working water wheel, fed by a flume that comes down from the roof. With the help from Brent, Davis was also able to use lumber from historical places around North Clark County to create exposed beams and a live edge bar to complete the theme. Russell came to me with the idea of having this rustic-themed restaurant, said Davis. It was great. He trusted me and gave me so much freedom to create this place. We worked together to create something amazing. With a rustic feel, Brent felt the only way to add the final touch was with a comfort food menu that was simple, yet elegant. Brent believes the theme makes the Mill Creek Pub a great place for family dining.

The menu features items like pot roast, garlic chicken, chicken pot pie in addition to the usual pub variety such as fish and chips, gourmet burgers and wings. With a wide selection of appetizers, those wanting a small snack while sitting at the bar will have many options. With items such as chicken nachos, spinach dip and the featured Chilled Shrimp and Avocado Martini with shrimp, fresh pico de gallo, avocado and tortilla chips, the appetizers can easily be made into a meal of their own. Among the offerings of comfort foods, Brent has old-time favorites like mac n cheese, lamb shank, chicken pot pie and the house special Home Style Beef Pot Roast for the main course. Mill Creek has 16 different beers on tap featuring local breweries in the area For salad lovers, Mill Creek Pub offers a variety of garden salads along with the feature Grilled Steelhead Caesar Salad. After dinner, customers can select from a variety of desserts, that just might remind them of when they were kids growing up. Currently, desserts offered include creme brulee, hot fudge sundae, pecan praline brownie and berry cobbler.

For those interested in more than desserts and dinner, the Mill Creek Pub also offers a place to kick back and enjoy a great local brew at the custom made bar by Davis. Offering happy hour every day from 4-6p.m., and 9:30 p.m.-close, Bar Manager Daren Nies has created a selection designed for even the pickiest of adult beverage lovers. I tried to put together a menu that everyone could find something to enjoy, said Nies. I think we accomplished that. With two draft beer towers available, Mill Creek has 16 different beers on tap featuring local breweries in the area to allow for a range of available brews. IPA s (Indian Pale Ale s) are really big right now so we are featuring a lot of those, said Nies. But we are also featuring a local brewery, Alameda Brewhouse. We want to feature local breweries while still serving a great product. Nies plans on having his selection rotate based on the season and what new brews are available. In addition to the beers available, Mill Creek Pub also serves wine and distilled spirits. Nies has a fully stocked bar offering spirits such as rum, gin, vodka, bourbon and tequila.

Article by Jeff Fray, Courtesy of The Reflector