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Cafe in Stevens Point closing, changes coming in May

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW)--People looking for a bite to eat in Stevens Point will soon see some changes to a downtown cafe. Customers have just a few more days to dine at Cafe 27. Then the restaurant will close and new owners will take over.

"We have been listening to our customers, lots of them want evening hours," Cafe 27 owner Denise Brennecke said.

The cafe catered to a breakfast and lunch crowd. So the owners say it's tough to put in evening hours. But the new owners plan to focus on dinner and staying open until midnight.

Along with the new hours and the new ownership comes a new name, Father Fat's. That's a nickname for Chef Christian Czerwonka, who now runs Christian's Bistro in Plover.

"It's always been our dream to have more than one location as far as restaurants go. It's been our dream to have something in the downtown area," Czerwonka said.

Cafe 27 is located on Clark Street, right in the heart of downtown Stevens Point.

Besides their love of food, the current and future owners say they have common practices that won't change when the name does.

"We are really dedicated to sourcing as much as we can locally and sustainability. So, many of our products are from local farmers," Brennecke said.

"We use as much local product as possible. We work with farmers on a daily basis," Czerwonka said.

As for the owners of Cafe 27, they're not sure what the future holds, perhaps another business venture downtown. Even though their doors are closing, the owners say one thing is for sure--"It's been a dream come true," Brennecke said.

A dream they've served up for two and a half years. Owners of the new restaurant say they hope to open their doors in May. They say the menu will feature a variety of small-plate meals.

Online Reporter: Cassandra Vinch

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