Bayside to serve community with seafood
Okauchee restaurant to open Tuesday

By Alex Nemec

May 16, 2019

 Bayside’s patio overlooking Okauchee Lake. The new seafood restaurant will serve an array of healthy seafood options to give area residents another option for dining.
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OKAUCHEE — There is a new restaurant coming to Okauchee — one that aims to build upon the village’s plan to boost its new downtown business plan.

Bayside, N50-W35016 Wisconsin Ave., is a bar and restaurant offering a small menu featuring primarily seafood, but with a mix of mainstay bar foods as well.

Bayside plans on opening its doors to start serving the community on Tuesday.

The restaurant is being opened by Carolyn Cadd, the owner of the property and an Oconomowoc native, and Jeremy Chavez, the chef, who has spent the last 12 years in Las Vegas as the executive chef of a casino resort.

Cadd said she has owned the building since 2012 and when Bucky’s left, the building sat vacant for about a year.

“We weren’t able to find another operator so we said ‘why not do it ourselves,’” Cadd said.

Cadd said his intent is for Bayside to serve the community, as well as serve a healthier option to people on the lake.

“We wanted to offer something other than just bar food,” Cadd said. “We want to offer soups, salads, seafood and sandwiches.

“We will do a fish fry on Fridays, but we tried to focus more on the healthier options for our menu.”

Bayside’s menu includes entrees such as shrimp and grits, drunken New York strip and a honey butter salmon dish with fresh Atlantic salmon.

 Bayside is set to open on Tuesday to the public.
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Chavez said Bayside is trying to create its own niche within Okauchee.

“We went around town and we looked at what everyone else does, and what everyone else did, I wanted to try something different,” Chavez said.

Chavez said they made their menu small so that they can specialize in daily and weekly specials.

Bayside has four piers on Okauchee Lake that patrons can use to access the restaurant via boat.

The main bar is complete with TVs and tables that overlook Okauchee Lake and its picturesque sunset. In addition there is an outside patio for people to enjoy summer weather.

“We’re trying to create Okauchee as a destination,” Chavez said. “The people are great, the restaurants are great, the sense of community is great and you don’t get that anywhere else.”