Galva landmark McKay's closing; may reopen

Carol Townsend
McKay’s Fine Dining owner Dave McClintic stands in the bar area of his business, which is closing March 31.

A Galva landmark is closing its doors Thursday, March 31. McKay’s Fine Dining is closing at midnight after 18 years in Galva’s downtown.

Owners Dave and Nancy McClintic are retiring.

“I have throoughly enjoyed it,” Dave said Monday. “I sure liked the people and how they supported us all of these years.”  

McClintic hopes the bar and grill will continue on since interest in purchasing it has been expressed by someone. No sale had been completed as of this morning.

McKay’s began in 1993 when the McClintics bought the former Wagon Wheel from “Yogi” and Barb Wetterow. In 1995 the McClintics purchased Pat’s Place from Pat Peed and made it the banquet portion of the business. Peed has worked at the restaurant ever since.  

McKay’s presently has 18 employees. It once had 27. All of the McClintics’ grown children – Tami, Tracy, Tarol and Todd – have worked at the restaurant, as have many of the McClintics’ grandchildren.

The place was a hub of many activities, with the restaurant hosting Galva Rotary lunches on Mondays, Galva Lions Club, many receptions, parties, baby and bridal showers, Chamber of Commerce banquets and class reunions. Galva Day was the biggest day of the year, featuring a live band and having the street closed off in front of the bar.