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Shorty's restaurant is at 107 Moffat Ave. in Oak Creek. Call 736-2241 for more information.
Steamboat Springs Isaac Iacovetto recommends the dinosaur nuggets.
They're chicken tenders shaped like dinosaurs, the 4-year-old explained, and they're part of the children's menu at his parents' restaurant. Cody and Janine Iacovetto opened Shorty's in Oak Creek on May 2.
Isaac played with toy trucks at the counter of the restaurant Thursday in Oak Creek. He said he helps out with work sometimes.
"I give the sodas to the people," Isaac explained.
That might play into the family-friendly atmosphere his parents are going for. The Shorty's menu includes $3.50 children's meals, as well as steak, burgers and fish and chips, Cody Iacovetto said.
It opened last week at the former site of Big Tuna's on Moffat Avenue. Cody and Janine were born and raised in Oak Creek but have lived in Denver for the past seven years. Before that, Cody Iacovetto said, he owned Dinty Moore's Family Restaurant.
Shorty's will be open 4 to 9 p.m. Friday through Tuesday.
"A big part of it was we wanted to do something for the high school kids in Oak Creek," Cody Iacovetto said. "So we're closed Wednesday and Thursday, and Thursday the restaurant is just going to be available to high school kids. We're going to do inexpensive burgers and fries and come up with some fun things for high school kids to do."
The restaurant is named after J.R. "Shorty" Hamidy, who ran Hamidy Hardware in the building. The Iacovettos pay homage to him with a few photos on the wall. One shows Hamidy riding a stuffed horse, posed bucking-bronco style.
Old photos of Lombardi and Rossi family members also hang above booths in Shorty's. And, of course, there are some Iacovettos.
"We have a picture of my family," Cody Iacovetto said. "My grandmother and grandfather immigrated here in, like, 1905, and so there's a picture of them and their 10 kids in the general merchandise store they had in Phippsburg."
The photos will help the Iacovettos combine an old-time feel with a family feel.
"What we want is for it to be a 1940s-type atmosphere, where people go in there and they sort of step back in time - so Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, that kind of music," Cody Iacovetto said.
The community has been receptive so far, he said. On the Thursday teen nights, Iacovetto said he might offer specials and show movies.
He's looking forward to adding teen hangout space in Oak Creek.
"I'm real excited about the kids part," Iacovetto said. "I think it's really needed, and I love the restaurant. I just love if they have a good experience and leave happy."