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The Get-A-Way brings smash burgers to Mill City

Contributing writer for The Canyon Weekly

Fans of Eddy’s Phillys will be able to get the popular cheesesteak sandwich as soon as the city gives its OK to a new venture.

“I bought the building next door,” said Eddy Garcia, who owns the former Poppa Al’s and now the Crunchy Chicken spot next door. “I’m just waiting to hear from the city to get all my permits and open that place up. I want to do Phillys, a bar and some lotto machines if everything goes well.”

On March 8, The Get-A-Way, serving sandwiches, house-made smoked pulled pork, burgers and shakes, opened in the former Poppa Al’s location.  

Garcia’s sister-in-law Ashley Yardley is the new proprietor. She grew up in the Lyons/Mill City area, attended Mari-Linn Elementary and graduated from Stayton High. She has taken on the eatery with her husband, Adi, with the help of her mother, Shelly, and father, Shannon.

“We saw the Papa Al’s building was empty and saw an opportunity to start a restaurant of our own,” Yardley said. “Eddy helped get everything started as we planned to run things together, but then he was able to buy the chicken shack next door and plans to run a successful business over there eventually. But for now we plan to try to serve Phillys and burgers until he is able to get the permits he needs.”

Hand-smashed burgers are the hot item at The Get-A-Way, getting good reviews from customers, Yardley said.

“Tried these today and it was delicious,” posted Tami Llewellyn on the eatery’s new Facebook page. “The burgers were so flavorful. We will be back round again!”

Roseanna Juhola told Yardley, “Mill City needs a new burger destination, and you’re well on your way. Looking forward to many more good burgers there in the future.”

Other comments include “great food, good atmosphere,” “excellent food and service” and “welcome to the neighborhood.”

“I’m hoping we can serve our little community for years to come,” Yardley said. “The Get-A-Way is a place where people can come and enjoy good food with good people!”

The Get-A-Way is open from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday. 

For more information, call 503-551-4639, send message to [email protected], or visit The Get-A-way on Facebook.

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