Cooking up new ownership Man finds his way to leading restaurant By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer (email@example.com) , Times-Republican
January 20, 2012
GLADBROOK - A lifelong love of cooking has grown into restaurant ownership for John Shouse. Shouse took over as owner of Uptown Lounge and Supper Club in downtown Gladbrook last year. “I grew up liking to cook, smoke and grill,” he said. Shouse continues to cook but now also takes care of the business end of the restaurant. So it’s common for him to put in 70 hour work weeks as he is devoted to his business. “The only thing I knew coming in was cooking,” Shouse said. “Other than that, the rest has been an learning experience.” Shouse, who bought the business from the Bereczkis, worked at the restaurant as a part-time cook several years ago. He has kept the same menu favorites that include a Philly cheesesteak sandwich and hand-breaded tenderloin. One of his challenges is trying to predict the amount of customers from night to night and plan staff accordingly. “In a small town, you never know,” he said. Another challenge for the cook has been going from behind the scenes to being the face of a restaurant and interacting with the public. “It’s getting easier,” Shouse said. The building has some historical significance in Gladbrook as the lounge is a former meat market and the dining room was a former movie theater. The old theater marquee was turned into a sign for the restaurant several years ago. The business is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information call the restaurant at 641-473-2373 or visit at 422 Second St.
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