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Sen. Jeff Stone recognizes two local businesses


Last updated 12/25/2017 at Noon

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sen. Jeff Stone, R-Riverside County, has named BMW Management and owners Gary and Sally Myers of Sizzler restaurants in the 28th Senate District and throughout California as Large Business of the Year, and he has named The Mill restaurant of Murrieta and owners Linda Westfall and Adam Bouvet as his 2017 Small Business of the Year, Thursday, Dec. 14.

“It is an honor to present this award to Gary and Sally Myers and BMW Management for all they have done for more than 34 years in our community,” Stone. “Their commitment to their customers and to the people of the 28th District is a fine example of how to be the best in business.”

Stone will present the companies with Senate Proclamations to mark the event.

In 1983, Gary and Sally moved to Temecula and decided to take a chance and open their first Sizzler restaurant on Jefferson Avenue.

At that time, the population of southwest Riverside County was less than 15,000 people, and Temecula had only three small restaurants.

Within five years, BMW Management opened new Sizzler restaurants in Moreno Valley, Fallbrook, Banning and Lake Elsinore.

These days, BMW Management operates nearly two dozen Sizzler restaurants from Sacramento to San Diego.

The company employs over 1,000 people; many of them have 10 to 15 year with the company. The company has been recognized numerous times for their commitment to the communities they serve.

Sally Myers was named Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 1998, and the Lake Elsinore Sizzler was named Business of the Year in 2002.

In 2013, they were awarded the Spirit of the Entrepreneur “Best of the Best” Award by the Inland Empire Center for Entrepreneurship at California State University San Bernardino, which recognizes the top businesses in the Inland Empire.

This year marks the 26th anniversary of the Student of the Month program which was founded by Sally Myers in Temecula in 1991. The program has since expanded to include school districts in Murrieta, Lake Elsinore, Perris and Menifee. It has also been modeled by other school districts across Riverside County.

The Mill, likewise, shares a strong local connection and commitment to the community.

“Since opening more than two decades ago in Downtown Murrieta, The Mill has been Murrieta’s hometown restaurant,” Stone said. “In addition, their charitable efforts have supported hundreds of events over the years and contributed greatly to the quality of life in southwest Riverside County.”

In 1996 when Linda and Dirk Westfall decided to open The Mill, there was very little commercial activity in the community’s historic district.

Their success over two decades has helped convince other restaurants and businesses to open in area and make the historic district a much desired location to visit, eat and shop.

The first person the Westfalls hired in 1996 was Adam Bouvet to help them oversee the operation. Dirk Westfall became a mentor to Bouvet, and the two men became close friends and partners in the restaurant’s ownership.

When Dirk Westfall died unexpectedly in 2009, Adam Bouvet and Linda Westfall continued in his spirit of community service and charity.

The Mill celebrates Murrieta’s rich history, being named for the century-old elevated grain mill on the city’s west side that served farmers from across the region for decades.

The restaurant’s walls are filled with photographs of the mill, a reminder of the once small community that is now home to more than 115,000 people. The Mill is known by many of its loyal customers as “the place where Murrieta comes home.”

linkOver two decades, The Mill has received numerous awards and commendations for their charitable efforts. In 2016, Adam Bouvet was named Citizen of the Year by the Murrieta Chamber of Commerce.

Last holiday season, Stone and The Mill teamed up for their inaugural “sock drive” to help the needy in the community. Collection boxes were places throughout the community, and more than 1,000 pairs of new socks were donated and distributed across Southern California.


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