(Jackson, Wyo.) - The Million Dollar Cowboy Steakhouse
recently reopened under the leadership of
local chef Paulie O'Connor.
O'Connor hopes to rejuvenate the historic restaurant with a new menu of
large steaks, craft cocktails and fine wine.
O'Connor's foodie roots began at the Culinary Institute of America in New
York. Shortly after graduating in 1999, he moved to Salt Lake City and
opened the Stoneground restaurant with his cousin. When he moved to
Jackson, he became chef at the Old Yellowstone Garage just off of Town
Square and then helped open Il Villaggio Osteria, and run Bin 22 and the Q
Roadhouse for the Fine Dining Restaurant Group. Following his tenure at the
Fine Dining, he opened the Old Yellowstone Garage in Alpine, which
celebrated its first anniversary on January 15.
On November 1, 2015, O'Connor took over the Million Dollar Cowboy
Steakhouse and they officially opened on December 11. The rustic feel of
the restaurant is much the same as it has been for years, but the ambiance
is slightly enhanced with white linens and altered lighting. The food and
drink menus, however, have been completely revamped.
"My concept was to come in and bump up the level of the steakhouse," he
said. "We have been importing Japanese and Australian Wagyu beef and we
have been using beef from Snake River Farms. We want to be known for big
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*Tomahawk on the Grill.* *h/t Million Dollar Cowboy Steakhouse /
And he isn't exaggerating by calling it a big steak. The Million Dollar
Cowboy Steakhouse now serves a 60-ounce bone-in Tomahawk steak from Snake
River Farms, an 18-ounce Allen Brother bone-in ribeye, as well as buffalo,
venison and more.
Besides steak, the restaurant serves creative and eclectic dishes like
roasted bone marrow and cheddar fondu, cajun duck "poppers," a grilled
iceburg salad and a cowboy tuna poke.
"We are trying to source the best product we can get our hands on from all
over the country," said O'Connor. "The quality is a lot different."
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*Tuna Poke. h/t Million Dollar Cowboy Steakhouse / Pitchengine Communities*
By increasing the quality, O'Connor is striving to get the historic
steakhouse on par with other high end restaurants in Jackson Hole.
"We are trying to label it as a speakeasy steakhouse, because it is off the
beaten path -- when you walk in the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, you don't
event see the restaurant," said O'Connor. "We are trying to be known for
really high quality steaks."
*Feature Photo: Paulie O'Connor / Pitchengine Communities*