Finding Opportunities
Spring City Restaurant and Rox Bar owners pride themselves on quality food in clean facility

By KATHERINE MICHALETS - Freeman Staff

July 8, 2017

Peter Hronis, left, and his brother, Dennis, have operated Spring City Restaurant,
2820 N. Grandview Blvd. for 11 years.
Katherine Michalets/Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA —When Spring City Restaurant and Rox Bar & Grille owners Peter and Dennis Hronis see an opportunity for their business, they seize it.

What once was a McDonald’s was transformed into the family style restaurant at 2820 N. Grandview Blvd. 11 years ago. When the brothers looked at the sizable space left vacant where the drive-thru once stood, they turned it into Rox Bar, which is attached to the restaurant, about five years ago.

It all started though when Peter Hronis would leave his restaurant at the time, Dave’s Restaurant in downtown Waukesha, on a Saturday afternoon to return home on the western side of the city and couldn’t find a place to have a pizza and beer nearby. He said he and his wife would end up on Sunset Drive.

When it was time to make a change, Peter Hronis partnered with his brother, Dennis, who owned Art’s Restaurant in Oconomowoc for many years, to open Spring City Restaurant.

Dennis Hronis said with both of their restaurants being smaller it was hard for them to get away. But now owning a larger operation and with two owners, they are able to escape from the daily grind of running a business more frequently.

“It’s a lifestyle; it’s not just a job,” Dennis Hronis said.

Rox Bar & Grille was added to Spring City Restaurant about five years ago at
2820 N. Grandview Blvd.

Katherine Michalets/Freeman Staff

The brothers, originally from Greece, employ about 30 to 35 people, including longtime kitchen staff.

Spring City Restaurant has an extensive menu that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner options, such as pizza made in an oven with a brick bottom, a Greek salad that can be topped with gyro meat, fried chicken, sandwiches, seafood, pancakes, omelets and skillets.

“The menu is designed to serve the 2year-old to the grandparents,” Dennis Hronis said.

Rox Bar has a bar menu as well, which is cooked in the same kitchen.

After running Spring City Restaurant successfully for several years, Peter Hronis said he saw opportunity for expansion.

“It’s a large place. We wanted to utilize the space,” he said. Hence, the bar was added, which has many TVs that show sports games and 12 to 18 beers on tap, including specialty craft beers.

At Spring City Restaurant and Rox Bar, the focus is on serving quality food, the brothers said.

“We don’t compromise on quality here,” Dennis Hronis said. “We buy the good stuff no matter what.”

The menu also offers gluten-free options, as well as items for those who are seeking healthy options. The brothers strive to keep a clean facility with good service, including delivery service to businesses for weekday lunch and general delivery every day from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“We appreciate the neighborhood and the neighborhood appreciates that,” Peter Hronis said.
 

At a glance

What: Spring City Restaurant and Rox Bar & Grille
Where: 2820 N. Grandview Blvd., Waukesha
Hours: Spring City Restaurant, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day; Rox Bar, 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday
Info: 262-544-9000, www.springcityrestaurant.com, www.theroxbar.com

Email: kmichalets@conleynet.com