FORT PIERRE, S.D. – Beautiful scenery is not the only attraction at Drifters Bar & Grille, but it’s a major asset for this dual purpose facility which is getting ready to celebrate its first anniversary.
The double business opened with little fanfare in May 2016 with Drifters Event Center, which can accommodate more than 300 people, opening first, followed by the 150-seat restaurant. “Business has been fantastic, albeit a roller-coaster ride,” said owner and operator Emily Zarecky.
Marcella Hurley, regional director of the Pierre office of the South Dakota Small Business Development Center, played a key role in helping Zarecky get the business started. “Marcella was an incredible help in creating our business plan. Her knowledge was invaluable, and she had an incredible Rolodex of colleagues, acquaintances and industry experts that she called upon on a regular basis who were willing to share their wisdom with us,” Zarecky said. “Hurley was especially helpful in assisting with the preparation of documents used to secure financing”, Zarecky said.