Cannery Public Market sets grand opening
The six-day event will include daily restaurant specials, samples from the market and bar, drawings and giveaways, a bus tour to the farm, fondue night on Tuesday and an opportunity to meet with Master Cheesemaker Steve Hurd. A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for noon Thursday.
The Cannery opened in August 2015 and is owned by John Pagel of Kewaunee County, who also own Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy. The beef and milk that stock the market's shelves and are used to make burgers, sandwiches and other dishes on the restaurant's menu come from the farm. Cheese is made on site.
"The restaurant has taken off the most," said marketing manager Julie Veldhuis. "We've gone to full table service and that's been really popular. We are now serving brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. There was definitely a need for that downtown."
The restaurant has capacity for 212 diners after some tweaking of the layout. Brunch is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Veldhuis said chef L.J. Weber added new items to the menu for the grand opening, and, for the week, cheese production will be pushed to later in the day Tuesday and Friday so that it finishes up about 5 p.m.
Fondue night, hosted by a Swiss Master Cheesemaker, will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $50.
Also popular is The Cannery's 60-person event room, called The Hayloft, and people are discovering the market area, Veldhuis said.
The Cannery Public Market is in the complex that also is home to Titletown Brewing Co.'s brewery and tap room and several other business. All are in former Larsen Co. vegetable cannery buildings redeveloped by DDL Holdings Inc., a partnership of Smet Construction Services and Titletown Brewing Co.
Restaurant hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Market hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Bar hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.
Chick-fil-A, which is opening new restaurants apace in southern Wisconsin, might be looking to expand across the state, including into Northeastern Wisconsin.
We can't be sure because they declined to talk about it when contacted, but a company representative told BizTimes.com of Milwaukee in February that the Atlanta-based chain hopes to open 20 restaurants in Wisconsin over the next 10 years. He said they would like to expand to La Crosse, Oshkosh and Green Bay.
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