On Tuesday I told you about the owners of the popular Fox Valley food truck "Kangaroostaurant" moving into the former Plum Hill Cafe in Kaukauna.
Co-owners Jay and Kelly Barnes will open the doors to the "Kangaroost" on February 19th at 313 Dodge Street.
After traveling across the valley, how well do they believe they can turn tables in Kaukauna?
"Our thought is that eventually we’ll capture that Kaukauna audience, but our initial customer waves will be for people who know us and will drive over there. I think the kind of demographic we serve, will drive there for us," said Jay Barnes.
Jay Barnes says the response thus far has been great, with rooms inside the building (there are separate ones) getting booked already.
As for what customers can expect when they sit down? Barnes says it'll be more substantial than just grabbing a sandwich.
"We’re looking at doing more knife and fork meals at the restaurant. Where we would have a pulled beef on the truck, we’ll have a pot roast at the brick and mortar," Barnes said. "We’re gonna run the menu there similar to the truck, where we have stuff that’s always on the menu and we change specials weekly."
That means ramping up their orders from the area farmers the Kangaroostaurant has dealt with. Barnes added that they, much like the loyal fan base, are excited about the opportunity to provide more products from their farms to your tables.
The building has a full liquor license, which Barnes says they will maintain by offering beer and wine. Much like the food, those offerings will have a distinct Wisconsin flavor, within reason.
"Our goal is always to stay in the state of Wisconsin. It’s easier with the beer, because when we mention wine in Wisconsin, we have a little bit of negative feedback from people who like wine," said Barnes.
The planned hours of operation are Tuesday thru Thursday 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., Saturday 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. and Sunday 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Kangaroost will be closed on Mondays.
"I think breakfast is going to be huge for us, one of our beliefs is that there really isn’t a great breakfast restaurant in the valley," Barnes said. "There are a lot of good restaurants, but they seem to be the same kind of ‘diner fare’ you get everywhere else."
In the end, Kelly and Jay Barnes are happy that they will have a permanent place to call home for their small business.
“We can’t wait to be able to get into the restaurant and do some of that stuff. We don’t have to stick to certain hours, we can use the kitchen whenever we can and be able to provide what we feel is great local food,” said Jay Barnes.