In 1947 Bill Davis purchased a surplus WW II quonset hut from the U.S. army. The hut was located at Camp Parks in Sacramento and was disassembled and transported to this site where it was reassembled and opened as Bill Davis's Hut, a popular watering hole for the lumber and mining work force. It was later sold to a local couple named Smokey and Smitty and became The Hut.
In 1963 Bob and Peggy Tucker purchased The Hut and renamed it Tuck's Hut. With a truck load of lumber from a local mill they enlarged the bar and added a covered structure on the east side where they built a grill pit and served hamburgers through the window to the bar patrons. A Gold Miner's Special (burger and a beer) cost 60 cents. In 1969 the Tuckers leased the property to a local tavern owner, Frank Williams who was forced to relocate the Willo bar he then owned from East Main St. in Grass Valley to make room for the freeway. He partnered with Veda Folden who with the help of her husband and brothers converted the covered structure into the main dining room and the Willo Steakhouse was born. The banquet room was added in 1973.
In 1976 Ken and Jeannie Hiebert bought the bar and the restaurant as well as the property and operated it for 26 years before selling it to the current owners, Mike Byrne and Nancy Wilson. Your current hosts are committed to preserving the California roadhouse heritage of The Willo featuring its award winning signature choice New York steaks carefully aged and cut daily from Midwest beef striploin. The Willo has served over 1,000,000 choice New York Steaks. It's no wonder our grill cooks know how to cook a great steak. Many folks through the decades have asked why The Willo has no "w" on the end (Willow)??? The Willo is a combination of old Frank Williams last name and his wife's first name Lola. Whether you order our signature steak dinner or one of our other fine entrees you can be assured everything is prepared here on site from scratch with the finest ingredients. We look forward to your return and please ask us about planning your banquet or other special event in our banquet room.
Thanks for your patronage,
Mike & Nancy