The Brick Oven, located at 149 Bennett St. in Clintonville, re-opened under new management on Nov. 1.
New owner Patty Bohm said the business venture represents a change of careers, and she is very excited to take on the challenges and enjoy the rewards a successful small business has to offer.
“This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I was at a point in my life where I really wanted to make a career change,” Bohm said. “I had been in health care for over 25 years, and I was looking to lease a place and start a pizza and ice cream shop. I was looking at places in Appleton and Green Bay and had been searching for at least a year. I happened to drive by the Brick Oven and decided to stop in. I met (building owner) Gary Funk and we worked it out. The timing was very good.”
Bohm has brought back the original Brick Oven menu and has already added new items as well. Some new items include Door County coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Ice cream sundaes, shakes and cones are also available, along with homemade waffle cones. Various soups and beef stew have also been added to the menu, and Bohm hopes to add desserts to go with the coffee, and pies for the holidays. A Deer Hunter’s Special on beef stew and coffee will be offered throughout the nine-day gun deer season, which opened Saturday, Nov. 20 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 28.
“We will be continually adding new items,” Bohm stated. “We hope to add broasted chicken soon, as well as adding a Friday fish fry and prime rib on Saturday. Our future plans also include a sit-down restaurant area.
“We’re in the process of improving menu items and looking at adding customer-requested items,” Bohm continued. “Our salads feature free extra toppings. We are working on improving our sauces and we may also add lasagna, per customer request.
“We are open to customers’ opinions,” said Bohm. “We want to hear their likes, dislikes, and suggestions for making things better. Our goal is to give customers what they want.”
The Brick Oven still offers delivery, including delivery/return of movies from Video Galaxy.
“We’re looking to extend delivery to Shawano and New London. We may also do delivery to businesses and school events, if there are large enough orders,” commented Bohm.
Bohm said she has received overwhelmingly positive feedback since re-opening The Brick Oven. “The reaction has been great-everyone is so supportive and we have people every day who thank us for re-opening,” she stated. “The positive feedback hasn’t stopped, and our promise is to be diligent about fixing any problems that may arise.
“I really appreciate the public coming out to support the business as it gets up and running again,” said Bohm. “Our goal is to keep everybody happy and give them what they want.”
The Brick Oven is open Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight. The Brick Oven can be reached by phone at 715-823-TOGO (8646).