Greff renovates exterior of the Enchanted Castle

It’s called the Enchanted Castle. But until recently, It only slightly resembled the castle part. But four months ago, owner Gary Greff began a renovation project to give his restaurant a more ‘enchanted’ feeling.

Gary Greff, the owner of the Enchanted Castle in Regent, said he wanted to put the ‘enchanted’ in the Enchanted Castle when he decided to renovate the exterior of his restaurant. (PHOTO BY COLE BENZ/The Herald)
Gary Greff, the owner of the Enchanted Castle in Regent, said he wanted to put the ‘enchanted’ in the Enchanted Castle when he decided to renovate the exterior of his restaurant. (PHOTO BY COLE BENZ/The Herald)

By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor
cbenz@countrymedia.net

It’s called the Enchanted Castle. But until recently, It only slightly resembled the castle part. But four months ago, owner Gary Greff began a renovation project to give his restaurant a more ‘enchanted’ feeling.

“We wanted the front to look as good as the inside,” Greff said. “We’ve got a unique inside and we want outside to look as good as the inside.”

Work was recently finished, and the restaurant owner said he is happy with the results.

“Well it turned out awesome,” he said. “Basically it now looks like a castle, before it just looked like a wall.”

Greff put up shields with E and C cut out, for its namesake, The Enchanted Castle. (PHOTO BY COLE BENZ/The Herald)
Greff put up shields with E and C cut out, for its namesake, The Enchanted Castle. (PHOTO BY COLE BENZ/The Herald)

New to the front is an updated castle front with metal emblems featuring a cut-out ‘E’ and ‘C,’ for Enchanted Castle, new lights, the draw bridge is lowered and rocks have been painted blue and green to simulate water and grass.

Greff also added new landscaping to the front, and behind the castle walls. What was previously a patch of grass and dirt behind the castle walls, is now an ornate-designed slab of concrete. Died red to mimic red rocks, Greff laid a stencil on the ground to give it a more decorated look, as if the rocks were hand picked and place one at a time.

“It was a lot of work,” restaurant manager Bill Anderson said.

Anderson said that Greff was out there the whole time and did most of the work. Though an electrician was hired to oversee the wiring of the lights.

Also on the patio is a three-foot high fire pit with brick benches surrounding the pit.

Now that the draw bridge has been lowered, guests can enter over the moat and through the castle walls.

History will be stored in the new renovations too. On one of the fixtures before you walk on the bridge, a time capsule will be put in and the fixture will be sealed. But what will be included in the capsule is still up on the air.

“That stuff is kind of fluid, you know, what they’ll put in there,” Anderson said.

Greff’s latest addition to the Enchanted Highway will also be added to the newly renovated Enchanted Castle. His latest creation will be The Knight and the Dragon and will rest to the right of the entrance. The playground will be removed to make room for the new sculpture.

With the new editions, Greff said that he was putting the ‘enchanted’ in the Enchanted Castle.

“Now it takes on the enchantment,” Greff said.

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