By Starrla Cray
CARVER COUNTY, MN New name, new owners, new menu, and new remodeling the Hollywood Roadhouse on the corner of Highway 7 and County Road 33 is definitely the newest relaxation destination around.
“We want everyone to feel good about stopping here,” said Paul Joswick, who owns the restaurant and bar with his wife, Lisa, and son, Dylan.
On opening day, Wednesday, July 3, customers are invited to check out the tasty menu, which features everything from hand-cut steaks and secret-recipe burgers to chicken schnitzel with homemade spaetzle.
“My aim when designing the menu was to make every single item somebody’s favorite,” said executive chef Nick Fenske of Mound.
Fenske, who began cooking meals for his family at age 10, has always had a knack for food preparation. His successful career as a chef has included several restaurant startups, and he isn’t afraid to add his own twist to a recipe.
A few of the desserts at the Hollywood Roadhouse attest to this, including the “chocolate bacon cupcake,” and the “fried PB & J,” both of which are served with vanilla ice cream.
Even the appetizers are created with attention to detail, with selections like potato pancakes, hand-cut fries, pretzel bites, and pickle roll-ups.
“Nick came up with some really great items,” Paul said.
A true roadhouse
Paul and Lisa, who’ve made their home 3.5 miles from Watertown the past 25 years, purchased the Hollywood Roadhouse building (formerly the Hollywood Ranchhouse) in March 2012.
They opened an off-sale liquor store on-site a month later, and then began improvements for the bar/restaurant portion of the building.
“We totally remodeled every interior surface new bar, new bathrooms, walls, ceilings, and floors,” Paul said.
Paul and Dylan (a 2008 graduate of Watertown-Mayer High School) both have construction experience, and Lisa is a professional interior painter.
Several walls have been removed to create a more open atmosphere, and the central u-shaped bar encourages socializing.
“We want to establish a place where people can stop, relax, have a beer or a sandwich and hang out with friends,” Paul said.
The name “roadhouse,” which is defined in the dictionary as “a restaurant or nightclub located on a road outside of town that provides meals, liquor, dancing, and often gambling. A place for travelers to stop and rest,” is an apt description.
The Hollywood Roadhouse also has plenty of space for meetings, community organization get-togethers, parties, and groom’s dinners.
In the future, the owners plan to offer a bike and classic car night every Wednesday, live music, and family take-out menu options.
To learn more, call (952) 353-2222 or go to www.hollywoodroadhouse.com.