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.
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
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
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
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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