Scoreboard a hit with customers

Jessica Van Beek
Scoreboard owner Terry Fandel pours a beverage at his restaurant located in Metamora.

“It’s not fast food, it’s good food,” is how Terry Fandel, co-owner of the Scoreboard, described his sports-themed restaurant.

Fandel said he and his wife, Cheryl, take pride in the homemade recipes they serve at the restaurant that they say keep customers coming back for more.

Terry said his personal favorite menu item is his wife’s homemade tenderloin, which is a special on Thursday nights.

Customer favorites are pizza, which Fandel said is so tasty because of the sauce that is made by hand and contains the best ingredients, and Friday night’s special which is bluegill with homemade coleslaw and a choice of sweet potato fries, homemade chippers, or homemade onion rings.

Wings, made with homemade sauce, are another favorite.

The establishment has been around for quite some time, but the Scoreboard will mark its one-year anniversary in July.

“We came here a lot, so when it was available we gave it a shot,” Terry said.

The menu consists of baseball references, which Fandel said is because Metamora is a town that loves sports. The baseball theme, he said, does not discourage customers from coming during the off-season, though.

Fandel said the restaurant’s busiest days are on football game days. Local little league game days also bring a strong turnout, as well as when the Cubs and Cardinals play each other.

Both Fandels said they are proud of the Scoreboard’s strong following. Terry said the restaurant attracts regular customers not only from Metamora, but also Washington, Roanoke, Washburn and Limestone. They said they also take pride in their “great food and professional staff.”

Terry said what sets his restaurant apart from competitors  is the sports bar and grille theme. But, he added, it is a restaurant first.

The Scoreboard opens at 4 p.m. and the kitchen closes at 9 p.m., although Fandel said the actual closing time is usually questionable.

On an average night the crowd starts to come in between 5:30 and 6 p.m. and the people do not leave until they are ready.