is an artistís rendering of what the Mineshaft
Restaurant under construction in Oshkosh is expected to
look like when construction is completed in about May.
HARTFORD ó The Mineshaft
Restaurant in Hartford has been so successful that owner Tom Masters
has been pondering an expansion of the business for several years,
and that plan has now become a reality.
Officials from the company and the city of Oshkosh broke ground
earlier this month on construction of a new Mineshaft building Aug.
1 at the former site of a Walmart store in Aviation Plaza.
The Hartford Mineshaft Restaurant at the corner of Highway 60 and
Main Street, according to information from the company, is
Wisconsinís largest restaurant and was established in 1975 with
seating for more than 500 people. The Hartford location has expanded
from the original site eight times over the last several years.
Because of that, Masters decided it was time to add the second
location in Oshkosh.
Keller Inc. will be the architect and general contractor on the new
35,000-square-foot building, which will include a restaurant, bar
and family entertainment game room facility. The total value for the
investment is over $16 million.
The building site is at the former Walmart and JC Penney site at
2041 S. Koeller Street adjacent to Interstate 41. The site has been
partially vacant since 2003 when Walmart moved to a larger complex.
Rogan Shoes still has business in one part of the mall there. The
site is located very near the Experimental Aircraft Association
grounds. The project is expected to take about nine months.
Connections between the company and business and community leaders
in Oshkosh have been developing over several years because the
restaurant caters for large events in the Oshkosh area such as
Country USA and Rock USA. The new site is also located in the area
of Target and Outlet Shoppes of Oshkosh, which Masters said makes it
a prime location for attracting more businesses to the area with
space remaining for other expansion in the future. Rogan Shoes will
remain operating in the complex. The Oshkosh location will look and
operate very much like the Hartford site.
The project became possible after the Oshkosh Common Council agreed
to create a tax incremental financing district to finance the
project. A TIF district uses additional property taxes generated
within its borders through increased economic development to pay for
building infrastructure such as sewer and water, stormwater
management, roads, access to electricity and natural gas as well as
other improvements needed to spur development. According to the
Oshkosh ordinance used to create the TIF district, the TIF will pay
about $1.7 million toward the projectís total cost of about $22.9
million. Other businesses will also located in the project once
construction is complete.