Business owner to bring restaurant to former Buca site
Would focus on woodfire cooking

By Jake Meister - Freeman Staff

August 4, 2017

A new restaurant is planned for 515 E. Wisconsin Ave., which was the home of Buca Eatery & Grill until a May 2016 fire caused the business to shut down. Dimitri Glavas said he will eventually open up a restaurant focused on woodfire cooking at the location.
Jake Meister/Enterprise Staff


OCONOMOWOC — A local restaurant owner’s plans to bring another eatery to Oconomowoc could help bring unique tastes to town, while also taking care of a building that has become a bit of an eyesore.

Dimitri Glavas said he will eventually open a restaurant focused on woodfire cooking at 515 E. Wisconsin Ave., which was the home of Buca Eatery & Grill until a May 2016 fire caused the business to shut down.

Glavas, who also owns Maxim’s At Oconomowoc Depot, said the process of making improvements to the building has been slow going since he bought it late last year. He said the building must be brought up to code and extensive remodeling must be done.

Right now, Glavas hopes he will be able to open the operation next spring. He said the restaurant will have an atmosphere that is “a step above casual dining,” with brick oven pizzas and woodfire grilled steaks being possible staples.

Oconomowoc Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Katie Miller said new businesses are always good for the community because they deliver new excitement and often more diverse offerings, which makes Oconomowoc more of a draw.

She said Glavas’ plans to deliver a new restaurant to 515 E. Wisconsin Ave. is especially important because it’s located on one of the main thoroughfares people use to get into downtown Oconomowoc.

From a visibility standpoint, she added, it is important that the buildings a person sees when he or she comes to town are functioning and well-kept “because it sets the stage for what people will expect for the rest of our community.”

When told of Glavas‘ plans, co-president of the Downtown Business Association and owner of The Gallori, Lori Boldig expressed support.

“I think it’s great. We have people asking for more restaurants all the time. We don’t have anything with brick oven pizzas or steaks,” Boldig said.

Glavas was one of three people to apply for a vacant liquor license from the city in April only to see their requests shot down. Aldermen have recently stated a desire to reject applications for Class B liquor licenses when they are made by a business that has not yet opened.

Glavas said he doesn’t want to bring another liquor license application to the city until many more details related to the restaurant have been determined. Once he is better prepared to apply, Glavas believes obtaining a Class B liquor license shouldn’t be difficult.

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