By Kristin Bednarski
A new restaurant specializing in burgers and wings opened in New Richmond this fall.
The restaurant, owned by Joel Foust, Annette Alanis and Beverly Alanis, is located on Front Street in the village of New Richmond and features a variety of traditional American foods with a twist.
Foust and Annette Alanis, friends who both worked in the restaurant industry, decided to open their first restaurant together, along with Annette’s mother, Beverly, after Trendy’s diner closed at the location.
“It was something we both wanted to do,” Annette Alanis said about opening a restaurant with Foust.
Foust said he has a burger and wing background, and he wanted to open something a little different in the village.
“It doesn’t have a place like this,” Foust said about the village. “I feel like it was a hole that needed to be filled.”
Foust and Alanis said the menu at Buffalo Joe’s consists of a variety of American foods with a bit of a cultural twist.
“It’s something you’re not going to find everywhere,” Alanis said about the food.
Alanis said they serve traditional burgers and wings, as well as burgers with unique ingredients, including avocados, eggs and ginger sesame slaw, and non-traditional wing sauces like caramel barbecue.
The restaurant opened Sept. 27, and the building can’t be missed on Front Street with the large buffalo head painted on the side.
Foust said the restaurant name is derived from Joe’s Place Bar and Grill, a restaurant that was in the building years ago.
Foust and Alanis said they have received a lot of positive feedback from customers since they opened the restaurant.
“We’ve gotten a lot of support,” Alanis said.
Foust said it seems like residents continue to come back for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and many are also taking advantage of the carry out and delivery services.
“What I like to see is someone come in for lunch, bring their wife back for dinner and then she brings her friends back for lunch,” Foust said.
Foust and Alanis said their goals for the restaurant are to continue to draw in regular customers in the community, to partner with local school organizations and teams, and eventually open another location.
They said they also would like to work on getting a liquor license for the restaurant to complement their food offerings.
“We hope to be here for a long time,” Alanis said.
The restaurant is open Tuesday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
They offer breakfast until 1 p.m. each day and offer carry out and delivery.
For more information about Buffalo Joe’s visit www.buffalojoesnr.com or www.facebook.com/buffalojoesnr.