Karter and Jessica Busse behind the counter of their
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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.
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.
deep-fried pepperoni which is crunchy like bacon - it is really,
really good,” Busse said.
have also been experimenting with different recipes for their
Friday night fish fry and they think they’ve found a winner.
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.
aiming to offer the best product possible for our customers,”
Busse said. “We’re family-owned and we always try to keep a fun
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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