— Stepping into Maxim’s at Oconomowoc Depot may
feel like taking a step back in time, but
ordering off the menu feels current thanks to
the updates made by new general managers Ross
and Kayla Bukatz.
taking over as general manager in October, Ross
Bukatz said they have introduced new items to
Maxim’s menu and are looking forward to other
there’s a weekly special board with a breakfast,
lunch and dinner special listed for the week.
For example, this week they are offering rhubarb
strawberry conserve crepes with house-made sweet
cream and garnished with lemon.
One of the new smoked
meats baskets at Maxim’s at Oconomowoc Depot is made
with smoked chicken.
introduced is the $5 bar menu that promotes
their recently added smoke meats, such as
brisket and chicken.
trying to venture into new things and new ways,”
it’s common for restaurants to get into a rut so
that’s why Maxim’s, 115 E Collins St., is
offering specials to add diversity and to
introduce variety to the menu.
become very bored with that,” Bukatz said of
unchanging menus. “They want to see something
new and fresh and something upcoming.”
the reason behind the smoked meats — to give
customers something they can’t get anywhere else
in Oconomowoc, he said.
Maxim’s at Oconomowoc Depot General Manager Ross
Bukatz has introduced new menu items and specials.
and Kayla’s goal to be constantly evaluating the
menu and reinventing it when needed.
As part of
the $5 bar menu, customers can get a burger and
fries, a gyro and fries, rib tips and fries and
a five-piece taco basket.
very large portion about our portion sizes. We
want it to be worth the money you are spending,”
forward, Bukatz said he is thinking about
opening a grill near the patio where meats could
be cooked before diners. Enclosing the patio for
year-round use is also being considered.
Oconomowoc market and even Maxim’s are not new
to the Bukatzes, who previously worked at the
restaurant for several years, he as a chef and
she as a waitress. After moving on to a new
restaurant, they were lured back to serve as
The beef brisket basket
at Maxim’s at Oconomowoc Depot is part of the new smoked
Oconomowoc grows, Bukatz said, he is seeing more
young people pass through the restaurant’s doors
who are looking for a certain vibe and find pubs
and tap houses appealing.
what I am trying to do, to have the action but
still have that family feel,” he said.
In the end,
it’s about keeping “people full,” Bukatz said.
about I am serving 500 people. For me, what did
it do for them? How did it make them feel? When
they leave are they completely satisfied on the
inside?” he said. “I want it to be as whole as
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