The Sliders Bar & Grill will reopen Monday at 890 Lake Park Road in Menasha. New owner Shelly Van Dehy, originally from Kimberly, saw the place as an opportunity in an area poised for both residential and business growth.
Sliders closed under previous owners last year. It was painted orange inside, and had a Harley-Davidson parked on top of the bar that was ringed with 15 TVs.
When Van Dehy leased the building, she envisioned it as a place that could accommodate families at mealtimes and where a mature crowd from the $250,000-plus neighboring houses could feel comfortable ordering a drink made with top shelf liquors.
“We want to be both a bar and a restaurant, but I don’t want to label it as a sports bar,” she said. “I want to run it like a Cheers and have people feel welcome to come and sit all day if they want to. It’s okay to bring the kids for dinner, and it’s okay if your 14-year-old wants to come and watch the Packer game with you.”
With the help of family members, she painted the walls sporty blue and Fudgsicle brown. The Harley has since driven off into the sunset.
“We kept the name because everybody knows it,” said Van Dehy. “They know Sliders in Menasha and where it is.”
She funded the operation by selling a daycare she owned, and gained experience by helping her sister, Brenda Treml, who had owned the Nature’s Edge Resort in Waupaca. “Shelly wanted to stay in the bar and grill business and this place caught our eye. The patio is gorgeous,” said Treml, who will be the general manager.
The menu will center on bar and grill food, including wraps, melts, Angus burgers, wings, homemade pizza and, of course, slider burgers. A Friday fish fry has all-you-can-eat whitefish or “surf and turf” with a tenderloin. Open every day from 11 a.m. to close. More info: 920-364-9912
— Maureen Wallenfang: 920-993-1000, ext. 287, or firstname.lastname@example.org; on Twitter @wallenfang