Rob Taylor, the amicable owner/manager of Five Bridges Bar and Grill, recalls the moment that defined the welcoming restaurant in Riverview. One of the tables was filled with businessmen in suits and another was filled with road and bridge workers.
“When you come to Five Bridges, you get a great sense of community and we’re proud of the kind of business that has developed here,” said Taylor, who has owned and operated the Pine Glen Road restaurant for five years.
“We’re not a pub and not a grill, but we are both,” he continued. “You can show up in a dress shirt or in a work shirt and you’re going to be comfortable. People tell us they always feel comfortable when they come in and share good times with good food, drinks and good service.”
Approximately 40 people work at Five Bridges, which can accommodate about 200 guests at a time. The restaurant is open seven days a week and also features a games room, bar service and large banquet rooms.
Taylor, who learned to pay attention to all of the small details of the hospitality business from his late father, is proud of the way Five Bridges has become such an integral part of the community.
Five Bridges has run several fund-raising projects for Riverview High’s Friends of the Royals organization.
“We have become major sponsors and not just the football team or the two basketball teams,” Taylpor noted. “If you are involved in a club at Riverview High, you can count on our support.
“It might be sports or it might be drama, music or whatever else there is going on at the school. We love the community and the community anchors our success.”
Taylor said the community showed its support for Five Bridges during the early days of the Covid-19 crisis, when only take-out service was offered.
“We will always be grateful and I think we’ve developed a great partnership with the community. We are very thankful and this is a partnership that is going to continue well into the future.”