Ron's Cozy Corner hosts grand reopening
New owner puts spin on Oconomowoc staple while keeping mainstays

By Alex Nemec

March 14, 2019

Ron’s Cozy Corner at W359-N5920 Brown St. in the Town of Oconomowoc.
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OCONOMOWOC — Ron’s Cozy Corner held its grand reopening on Sunday to thank everyone who helped new owner Rachel Ouellette get to where she is today.

“It was a great turnout on Sunday for the grand reopening. It was a lot of fun, we had a band, drink specials, my staff was all here, we had a really good time,” Ouellette said. “It was a nice culmination of all the work I put in so far, just to see how pleased everyone has been and how they like what I’m doing around here and how supportive they are of my business.”

Ouellette bought Ron’s Cozy Corner, W359-N5920 Brown St., back in July 2018 after working there for over 10 years.

“I just graduated from law school and was studying to take my bar exam here. I started waitressing and bartending here and quickly became a manager,” she said.

Ouellette appreciated her job at Ron’s because it allowed her to practice law and still earn an income and allowed her to smoothly transition into adult life.

“Everyone’s sort of grown up here with me. I’ve graduated from law school, I got married, I had two children, it allowed me to stay at home with my kids,” she said. “It’s been an easy transition into me having a family.”

Rachael Ouellette stands in front of a sign a friend made for her dubbing the restaurant as “Rachael’s Cozy Corner”; however the restaurant’s name will remain the same.
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Ouellette said over the years of her working there, former owner Ron Eder gave her more and more responsibility and taught her how to run the business.

“He taught me when to order business wise,” Ouellette said. “He did a lot of the leg work to make this a successful business so that I can reap the benefits of (it).”

Ouellette said she recognizes what made Ron’s an Oconomowoc staple and isn’t looking to change any that, but rather put her own spin on the restaurant.

“We took out the carpeting and put in the wood flooring and painted the walls a gray instead of the old maroon,” she said. “I also updated some of the decor.”

Ouellette said she loves that the restaurant is so busy on Fridays due to the popular fish fry, but hopes the restaurant can be full other nights of the week to see what else she has to offer.

“I want to be known for all the others things we have to offer,” she said. “I want people to start coming in on Tuesdays for wings or Wednesday night for broasted chicken, and see all the other stuff we have to offer.”

Ron’s Cozy Corner now has a Tuesday night wing night and pizza and Ouellette implemented a speciality pizza of the week.

“My take on things is I don’t want to take away from what made this a good business,” she said. “I’m not trying to take away anything, I’m adding things I like.”

She added, “Everything I do is to add things I like to give it my spin, but not take away from the bread and butter of what made Ron’s, Ron’s.”