Bucky’s Lakeside Pub & Grill will remain closed until
its owners find a business partner who can keep tabs on
its kitchen operations.
Jake Meister/Freeman Staff
OCONOMOWOC — An owner of
Bucky’s Lakeside Pub & Grill said the
Okauchee Lake establishment should soon
reopen once the kitchen staffing issues that
caused it to close earlier this month are
Ray Bucholtz, who identifies
as the majority owner of the establishment,
said the business has been plagued by
kitchen staffing issues for a year and those
problems came to a head over Labor Day
weekend when the entire kitchen staff didn’t
show up. He said his only option was to
close the business.
“It was horrendous,” Bucholtz
The reason the kitchen staff
chose to not show, Bucholtz believes, is
that many became burned out by the growing
volume of work and the resulting stress.
“They weren’t prepared,” he
Bucholtz said he doesn’t have
a culinary background and that the kitchen
side of the business is, and will always be,
“If you aren’t from the
culinary side it’s really difficult these
days because that pool is really tough to
work in,” Bucholtz said. “I underestimated
it.” Bucholtz said Bucky’s will be closed
until it can find an additional business
partner that can strengthen the kitchen —
preferably a chef.
“It just comes down to
leadership in the kitchen,” Bucholtz
explained. “We just didn’t have strong, good
Bucholtz said Monday that
Bucky’s Lakeside Pub & Grill has potential
partners and it hopes to decide on one that
can handle the kitchen within the next
couple of days.
The exact date the restaurant
would reopen wasn’t provided.
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