Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, Sept. 11, 2000

Vetsches open V's Grill in Winsted

By Jane Otto

It's now open.

The much anticipated V's Grill is now broasting chicken, flipping burgers, and serving soft ice cream.

"We've gotten nothing but positive remarks," said Brenda Vetsch.

Brenda and her husband, Marv, are the new owners of V's Grill on Winsted's Main Avenue in the building which once housed the Chicken Barn.

Marv comes to V's Grill with a strong background in business and restaurant experience. He had a bar in Albertville for some time, then reopened Keg's Bar in the early '90s. He sold that business in December 1997.

He tried accounting for awhile, but decided it was time to get back into business for himself.

"This looked like a good business opportunity and it's a good community to work in," said Marv.

"We both know there are risks involved, but he's got the business background. He's taught me a lot," said Brenda.

Businesses, today, are continually searching for help. "Now hiring" and "help wanted" dot just about any business area.

Staffing wasn't that difficult, said Marv.

"A lot of locals stepped forward. There are enough young people in town and a good work ethic," Marv said.

Joan Fiecke and Paul Fiecke bring their culinary skills to V's Grill's kitchen.

"They have been a big help in setting up," Marv said.

Even 11-year-old Angie, Marv's oldest of three children, has pitched in her youthful zeal to prepare the restaurant for opening day.

Marv said that as far as the building goes, there really wasn't any need for remodeling, jus a little resituating.

"It's a very nice facility," he said.

Anyone who has been in the restaurant business knows that it's an almost "no-sleep" proposition. Marv said he plans to be there during almost all of their business hours, not to mention the time spent opening and closing.

However, for Brenda, waiting tables or cooking in the kitchen isn't all she does. She works full-time as a correctional officer at the Wright County Jail. She works the graveyard shift and said she prefers that.

"It gives me a chance to see Marv. I'll go home and get some rest and, then, help close up shop before I go back to work," Brenda said.

V's Grill will be open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 9 or 10 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

"We haven't nailed 2 that down yet," Marv said. "We'll extend hours as business dictates."

Broasted chicken and a variety of burgers are a main portion of the menu, but the Vetsches plan to extend the menu as they go. There are definite plans are to introduce more grill items and more home cooking.

Suggestions are more than welcome and a suggestion box inside the restaurant awaits customers' ideas.

"We want to see what the people want," Marv said. "We'll definitely look for input from the the community."

A big focus is soft-serve ice cream.

Brenda said a lot of people would say to us, "You've got to have soft-serve ice cream."

"So, we went out and bought the machine," said Brenda.

Sundaes, shakes, and cones are on the menu and eventually, the fancier stuff, like banana splits, will be included.

Marv said they will also feature lunch specials - "something ready to go and fast, to help those with a shorter lunch hour."

Marv then jumped up to discuss some last minute details with his plumber to ready the restaurant for its opening day.

Brenda smiled slightly and said, "It's scary, but if you don't do it now, you never will."

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