Angelo’s brings Italian food to former Holstein location in Village of Brooklyn

Photos by Scott Girard. Angelo’s Restaurant took over the former location of Holstein, which moved to Oregon last year. The Italian restaurant opened Nov. 3 and was busy during its first week.

Holstein Kitchen’s move to downtown Oregon did more than change the landscape of dining in the village.

It also created an opening for another business to move into its former site at the edge of the Village of Brooklyn on Hwy. MM. Angelo’s Italian Restaurant did just that, expanding beyond its Monona and McFarland locations and opening Nov. 3. 

Owner Patrick Augustine, who runs the original Angelo’s location in Monona, said he hopes to not have that title for long, at least for the chain’s newest location in Brooklyn. Augustine recently sold the McFarland location to the employee who helped open it, and hopes to eventually do the same in Brooklyn with manager Yoni Garcia. 


Recreational Concepts buys building on Oregon's east side

Recreational Concepts Inc. will no longer have its operation spread among four locations. 

With the purchase of th building on the village’s southeast side that used to house the Waterfall Restaurant, the pool and landscaping company plans to soon centralize into that single location. The company bought the buildings last month, with plans to eventually build a new warehouse and showroom at the site. 

“We’re experiencing some major growing pains, so this will help ease those pains a little bit,” said owner Jeff Kjelland. The company, which has been in Oregon for 13 years, currently has three locations in Oregon and another in Verona that would all close when the new building opens, he said, though the timeline is yet to be determined.  


Banquet hall opens on Oregon's south side

Photo by Bill Livick. Jamie Bush, owner of Headquarters Restaurant and Bar, completed work in December on a 2,400-square-foot banquet hall addition to his business at 101 Concord Drive.

A new banquet hall that the village helped finance recently opened on Oregon’s south side.

Businessman Jamie Bush put a nearly 3,000-square-foot addition on his Headquarters Bar and Restaurant at 101 Concord Drive. The village supported the construction by providing $68,000 in the form of a TIF loan, which it paid to Bush in late December after the hall was completed. 

Bush said the addition includes a nearly 2,000-square-foot seating area in the banquet facility, along with a bar and kitchen space.

He plans to schedule events such as sports and club meetings, wedding and anniversary receptions and birthday parties in the new space, and has also booked several live music events starting next month.


Village Board denies Kwik Trip license to sell cider

In the wake of recent liquor license violations, the Village Board sent a strong message Monday  to Kwik Trip Inc.

It voted deny a license to sell hard cider at the three Kwik Trip stores in Oregon, despite village attorney Matt Dregne explaining that state law requires the village to approve the applications.

Dregne told the board at the start of a public hearing on Kwik Trip and Stop-N-Go’s application for a license to sell hard cider that a law in the 2015 state budget requires municipalities to grant a license to sell cider if the business already holds a Class A beer license in the community.

Dregne said the Village Board has the power to deny or suspend the business’s Class A liquor license, but as long as Kwik Trip holds the license, “the village is required by law to approve it.”


Wille seeks financial help from village for proposed business

A lifelong Oregonian appeared before the Village Board for a second time Monday seeking financial assistance to build a new truck repair shop in the Alpine Business Park and was asked to come back in two weeks with more details. 

Brad Wille first met with the board Nov. 16 and explained that he runs a truck repair shop in the Town of Brooklyn but has outgrown the space and would like to build a new repair facility in Oregon’s business park.

On Monday, Wille said he talked with Pat Lyons, whose family owns Lycon Inc. and much of the property in the business park, and discussed buying a nine-acre parcel near the corner of Cusick Parkway and Netherwood Road. Wille said only a third of the parcel is on land that is buildable, and those three acres would need extensive surcharging and preparation.


Village of Brooklyn business park gets first tenant

More than two years after Village of Brooklyn officials broke ground on a new business park, the first plot has been sold to a business. 

Greg Stahl, who runs BGS Designs out of rented space in the Swinehart Plumbing building in Oregon, hopes to have his 7,500-square-foot building open by late spring. The Village Board approved the sale of land to Stahl Nov. 9.

Broker Kevin Visel, who has been working with the village since early 2015 to get tenants into the park, said the sale is the first of a few potentially on the horizon for the park located adjacent to Hwy. 92. 

“The first one is the biggest one,” Visel said. “Get something going in there. We've got some potential interest in more so we'll see what happens.”

Village President Pat Hawkey, elected earlier this year, did not return a phone call or email Monday requesting comment.


Restaurateur Heide brings hospitality to Oregon with new venture, catering business

Photos by Bill Livick. Restaurateur David Heide opened Charlie’s on Main in October on South Main Street in the former Mason’s on Main location.

David Heide, the owner of Oregon’s newest restaurant, Charlie’s on Main, opened the business Oct. 22 and says he “treated the month of November as a soft opening.”

He wants local diners to discover the South Main Street restaurant and bar before marketing to bring in customers from outside the immediate area, he told the Observer.

Heide’s approach offers something of a telling detail about his attitude toward food and the hospitality business: His emphasis is on “hyper local and affordable,” whether it’s the diners he serves or the producers he supports.

That’s why most of the food on his rather tight menu is locally grown, and it’s also why he spent lots of time talking to people in and around the village about what they want to see in a local restaurant before opening.


Trio of ventures opens on South Main

Photo by Bill Livick. Charlie’s on Main opened last Thursday on South Main Street in the former Mason’s on Main location.

A new restaurant opened Thursday, Oct. 22 in the former Mason’s on Main storefront on South Main Street. 

Charlie’s on Main is the latest eatery launched by restaurateur David Heide, who also opened a “speakeasy” – Charlie’s Underground – in the basement level of the same building at 113 S. Main St.

Heide is the owner and head chef of Liliana’s Restaurant in Fitchburg, which he has run for eight years.  

Along with the restaurant and bar combo and speakeasy, his new venture includes The Main Event, a catering and special events venue with seating for 144 on the ground floor and 300 upstairs. The space includes a bridal suite, a groom’s room and a 40-seat spare room.


Chamber to host Women’s Business Expo Oct. 27

The Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its fall Women’s Business Expo from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Firefly Coffeehouse.

The free event will give the public an opportunity to enjoy an evening with local business owners. 

There will be sandwiches and beverages available for purchase.

Around 25 businesses will be represented, featuring special offers, door prizes and giveaways.

Chamber executive director Judy Knutson said with only 59 days until Christmas from the date of the event, there will be many holiday gift opportunities. 

Attendees do not need to register or RSVP. For information, call 835-3697 or email

For businesses that want to participate, the fee is $35 for chamber members or $55 for non-chamber members. Register by Oct. 16 while space remains by visiting


Focus on framing: Full-service frame shop comes to Oregon

Photo by Mark Ignatowski. Natural Spaces Framing and Gallery is now open on Netherwood Road. Owner Dave Miess offers full-service framing, as well as artwork from his nature photography business.

Tucked into a small office suite on Netherwood Road is Oregon’s only full-service frame shop. 

Natural Spaces Framing & Gallery opened in September and business has been picking up for owner Dave Miess.

Miess – a nature photographer – has lived in Oregon for nearly 20 years. The new gallery at 165 W. Netherwood Road gives him space to display his work and a local place for people to pick out frames, mats and get photo restoration work done. 

“We have no frame shops – we’ve had them in the past,” Miess said. “It’s the right amount of space for me.”


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