Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
I’m on record that I wish a Cheesecake Factory would open in Franklin.
Heck, FranklinNOW blogger Greg Kowalski and I even collaborated on a joint blog on the topic.
Since that blog, Greg has written that several other restaurants need to open in Franklin, all of them national chains. They’re all good restaurants, to be sure. I side with Greg on Cheesecake Factory because I believe that’s a national chain that is almost guaranteed to be successful (and I've documented that in a previous blog). But I’m not so sure I want to see Franklin saturated with national chains.
Would I like to see a Bartolotta’s restaurant in the 53132 zip code? You bet.
Why can’t more locally-run restaurants the caliber of Casa di Giorgio and Wegner’s pop up in Franklin?
One just did.
Gus’ Mexican Cantina is open for business on Lovers Lane Road in the Garden Plaza across the street from Menards.
One of my readers tells me he had dinner there today, arriving at 5:15 this afternoon to a restaurant only ¼ full. When he and his wife left after 6:00, the restaurant was packed with a party of 60 expected in the banquet hall.
Gus informed my reader that he opened Friday night and quickly there was a 2-hour wait. Ditto on Saturday night.
This is exactly the kind of restaurant Franklin needs: a local entrepreneur bringing his vision to life and a community craving more quality dining options responding.
I hope this is the start of even more great restaurants debuting in Franklin.
(By the way, I’m told Gus’ food is great).