Cornerstone turns a corner in Oconomowoc
New co-owner, FunZone at the Stone to open

By Amber Gramza - Freeman Staff

Jan. 2, 2014

Co-owners of Cornerstone Sports Pub & Eatery Mark Rosch, left, and John Suttner, right, pose at the pub in front of memorabilia pieces: a jersey, football and helmet all signed by The Steel Curtain - the famous four 1970s defensive line players of the Pittsburgh Steelers.  
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OCONOMOWOC - Creator of Oconomowoc Days and owner of Buddy’s Gourmet catering John Suttner has created a partnership and now co-owns the Cornerstone Sports Pub & Eatery, leasing the space at 24 S. Main St., with Mark Rosch. The two will also be opening the FunZone at the Stone, a family entertainment center, in the space that used to host The Petite Chef.

“Mark and I worked together closely at Oconomowoc Days, he ran the bar area and we got to know each other professionally and as friends,” Suttner said. “Recently, we decided that I could bring some fresh energy to the Cornerstone.”

“He’s bringing the food end of it,” Rosch said. “My professional expertise is the bar end and he’s bringing some new concepts for the food.”

The Cornerstone has been in this location on Main Street for about six years and Rosch has co-owned the business for four. Rosch bought out the other co-owner in early December, which is when Suttner came aboard. Cornerstone will release a new menu around March.

Steve Roberts of APS Construction does some demolition during the renovation on the FunZone at the Stone space that is expected to open in February.   
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“The new menu will still be family-friendly pub fare, but with a twist,” Suttner said. It will also feature monthly limited time specials to pique people’s interests.

“We’ve really grown over the last four years,” Rosch said. “With John giving us a fresh set of eyes, I think we can really take things to the next level.”

The business partners said they hope to double the business over the next three years and are in current negotiations with the building owner to possibly buy the property.

The Petite Chef officially closed on Oct. 5 and the owners moved to Dousman. The empty space sparked Suttner’s and Rosch’s imaginations for the FunZone.

“For the FunZone, we want to provide a family spot where someone can take their kids for a birthday party ... but also a safe environment for kids to play if the parents want to watch the big game,” Suttner said.

Justin Dorn of APS Construction works on the FunZone at the Stone space that is expected to open in February.
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It will have token games that will provide children with tickets that they can trade in for prizes. It will be open sometime in February and will also feature snacks and drinks.

The Cornerstone will have renovations in the kitchen along with some work on the ceiling tiles and lighting.  Suttner and Rosch will redo the entrance way and new sports memorabilia owned by Suttner will be up for display.

His current favorites pieces: A jersey, football and helmet all signed by The Steel Curtain - the famous four 1970s defensive line players of the Pittsburgh Steelers - are now up in the pub.

Paul Dickey, owner of APS Construction, cuts some wood inside what will be the FunZone at the Stone, which is anticipated to open in February. 
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“People should continue to watch for the ever-changing back drop of the Cornerstone as we continue to remodel, and we will be adding new memorabilia,” Suttner said.

Suttner added that he is in current discussions with the city to get a long-term lease for Buddy’s Beach Bungalow at City Beach, which will open again on Memorial Day weekend and will feature Cornerstone food items as well.

For more information about the Cornerstone, go to www.cornerstonesportspub.com or call 560-1368.

Email: agramza@conleynet.com