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New restaurants open in central Wisconsin


Two new restaurants opened their doors in central Wisconsin this week. One is owned by a husband and wife who are already successful in the local restaurant scene, the other is owned by a family trying to make their mark in the Wausau area.

But business experts told Newsline 9, making it in the restaurant industry can be tough.

"Historically, restaurants, 60 percent fail in the first year alone," MCDEVCO Economic Development Director David Eckmann said.

Father Fats in Stevens Point and Jenny's Family Restaurant in Wausua are trying to overcome that statistic.

"This is actually the fourth restaurant that he's owned," Blanca Silva said. Her father is the owner and chef at Jenny's.

The restaurant located on Grand Avenue in Wausau opened Wednesday morning. The family also runs a restaurant in Clintonville.

"We do look at it as an opportunity for us to learn a little more," Silva said.

But the family is without something economic leaders said is a must.

"We really didn't have a plan. I mean, (my father) was just driving by and he saw the location and he liked it," Silva said.

if you don't have that, you're going to be guessing and you're going to be putting out fires," Eckmann told Newsline 9.

Managing the ebb and flow of the restaurant industry is something Leah Czerwonka knows well. "It really gets in your blood I think if you're crazy enough to want to do it," she said.

Leah and her husband, Christian, opened their second restaurant Father Fats on Tuesday. It's located on Clark street in downtown Stevens Point.

"You either love it or you don't," she said.

The couple also owns Christian's Bistro in Plover. It has been successful for more than six years. They spent the past five years planning for their new space.

"You're a lot more focused on your details, your execution of what you're doing," Christian Czerwonka said of planning their second restaurant.

But above all, experts said one thing is key. "You have to have a passion. A love for what you do," Eckmann said.

That's something both owners say, they've got.

At Jenny's, employees said made-from-scratch American, Italian and Mexican food set them apart. "Everything that he makes is homemade," Silva said of her father's fair.

"We want people when they come in to feel like they're at our home and enjoying a great meal," Leah Czerwonka said. Father Fats is a New York themed restaurant specializing in tapas, or small plates.

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