|Antigo has a new downtown restaurant, offering hometown charm and a full menu of home-cooked classics.|
Michaels Family Restaurant opened this month at the corner of Clermont Street and Fifth Avenue, in the building long-occupied by Olk Drugs and transformed in recent years into a series of eateries.
It retains a bit of that Olk heritage, with refinished hardwood floors, along with wainscoting and warm colors, new booths and tables, and a long counter that’s a throwback to classic diner days.
Named after ther son, Michael, the restaurant was opened by Antigo native Trina Krusensterna and her husband, Sam Maskotowski, who together have decades of experience in the hospitality industry across Wisconsin.
“We’ve had a lot of compliments,” Krusensterna said. “Everyone loves the food, the service and the decor.”
The menu is expansive and the prices very reasonable.
Breakfast includes a range of French toast, Belgium waffles, pancakes, skillets, omelets, steak and eggs, and specialties such as eggs benedict and biscuits and gravy.
For lunch and dinners, diners may choose hand-patted burgers, other sandwiches and melts, including one featuring a chicken breast, bacon, pineapple and Swiss cheese on grilled sourdough. There are also salads, appetizers, wraps and the traditional hot roast beef, turkey, pork and meat loaf served with mashed potatoes and gravy.
Dinners run the gamut from liver and onions and pork chops to spaghetti, stir frys and seafood favorites.
Michaels also offers daily breakfast, lunch and dinner specials, a Friday night fish buffet and Saturday and Sunday breakfast buffet.
And every day features the salad bar served from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and a selection of homemade soups.
“That’s been a draw,” Krusensterna said. “And everybody loves our soups. They are all homemade.”
Other customer favorites include the shrimp stir fry, barbecued ribs daily plus included in the Friday buffet and gyros.
There are also special selections for youngsters and senior citizens.
Michaels Family Restaurant is open Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Carryouts are available.
Owners Trina Krusensterna and her husband, Sam Maskotowski, at right, pose with employees at Michaels Restaurant. From left are Heather Boyd, Shay Messer, Deb Strugalla and Rodney Smetak.