New take on a classic
Ride-&-Dine brings tasty twists on Americana eats

By Sarah Pryor - Freeman Staff

Oct. 31, 2014

 Karter and Jessica Busse behind the counter of their Ride-&-Dine restaurant. 
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WAUKESHA - When Karter Busse’s landlord said he was selling the building where he’d had his BMX and sports store business for eight years, he didn’t see it as the end of the story.

“I saw it as an opportunity,” Busse said. He and his wife Jessica moved their store inventory online and purchased what Busse called “a cute little diner” at 801 W. Moreland Blvd.

Busse grew up in the restaurant business working at his parents’ pizza joint, and he had always dreamed of opening up a place of his own.

“I saw this place and said ‘It’s perfect. I don’t want to change a thing,’” Busse said of the former Maid-Rite location.

Jessica Busse pours a strawberry shake at Ride-&-Dine. 
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The menu features classic Americana food like juicy burgers, hot dogs and thick milkshakes with whipped cream and a cherry. It’s all tasty, but Busse has lived and breathed pizza his whole life, so he’s a little partial to the cheesy pies.

“We have deep-fried pepperoni which is crunchy like bacon - it is really, really good,” Busse said.

The Busses have also been experimenting with different recipes for their Friday night fish fry and they think they’ve found a winner.

The restaurant has been quietly open for a couple of weeks, and Busse said feedback has been positive. But he’s not afraid to hear constructive criticism, and he always encourages customers to let him know what they like and don’t like.

“We’re always aiming to offer the best product possible for our customers,” Busse said. “We’re family-owned and we always try to keep a fun atmosphere.”

Ride-&-Dine is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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