Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, Dec. 4, 2000

New ownership at Red's Pizza

By Lynda Jensen

A new owner is at the helm of Red's Pizza in Howard Lake, effective Friday.

Kim Hughes of Buffalo purchased the business from Bill and Gloria Strandquist.

Previously, Hughes has managed the old Bridgeman's in Buffalo for five years and worked for Pizza Hut.

Hughes will keep the daily specials the same, but plans to change the name of the business to "Kim's Kountry Kafe" next June or July, she said.

"I'm not making any big changes," Hughes said. She will be offering basically the same menu, with a few additions and deletions as she goes along.

She pointed out that most of the items on the menu are home made, such as the buffet. Red's also offers baking such as pies and cakes. "We have everything for everybody," she said.

Hughes loves the homey atmosphere of Howard Lake, she said. Someone greeted her at the post office and she thought this was so nice, she said. "I like the small-town community," she said.

Hughes lived in Buffalo for 30 years, which has a population of about 10,000 now. When she originally moved there in 1970, it was about the size of Howard Lake, she said.

She lives south of Buffalo with her two children.

The restaurant will be a family affair since her father, Gary Stevenson, will help her out during the days making pizza and her fiance, Bob Wacaster, will do this in the evenings.

The move ends more than 12 years of ownership by the Strandquists.

Bill plans to catch up with fishing and golfing, he said.

"I'll miss the people," Strandquist said.

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