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Food trucks get green light in Janesville

Food trucks get green light in Janesville

Chad Measner has been confined to selling food from private parking lots since he opened his food truck last November.

Under a new ordinance passed by the Janesville City Council Monday, Measner will be able to take his business on the road to public and private areas.

"I think it's going to be huge. We are ready to start first and second shifts seven days a week," said Measner, owner of South Padre Streetfood.

Under the new rules, vendors will have to stay 200 feet away from restaurants and city events. Food trucks would operate between the hours of 8-3 a.m.

Licensed ice cream trucks will be allowed to sell items in neighborhoods from 8 a.m. to dusk, with a 9 p.m. curfew in other areas except downtown.

"It will be similar to other cities, bringing people downtown. Seeing what the downtown has to offer. So, I see it as just one more step in the process to reinvigorate our downtown," Janesville City Council President DuWayne Severson said.

Area coffee shops top local favorites poll

Area coffee shops top local favorites poll

A coffee shop in downtown Oregon earned the top spot as a local favorite in a News 3 viewer poll. Firefly Coffeehouse was revealed as the winner Friday morning and shops in Janesville, Baraboo, Sun Prairie and McFarland made the top five among viewers.

News 3 viewers voted on Facebook for their favorite coffee shops. The four other area businesses that topped the list after Firefly included:

Daylong pub crawl offers 20 stops over 25 miles

Daylong pub crawl offers 20 stops over 25 miles

Organizers of a 20-stop pub crawl said fun, beer and cheer are on the menu next month for Koshtoberfest.

The Rock Koshkonong Business Association in Edgerton is hosting the Koshtoberfest Pub Crawl Oct. 19 that will cover 25 miles and offer participants shuttle rides from stop to stop.

Area restaurants and bars are offering drink deals to patrons on the crawl.

Included on the tour are a variety of businesses, from a cheese store, to fine dining establishments, small intimate pubs and more. Norm's Hideaway, DJ's Shortstop Bar and Grill, the Buckhorn Supper Club, the Wisconsin Cheese Chalet, the Riverfront Resort, Blackhawk Club are a handful of the establishments taking part. A full list of stops is available online at Koshfun.com. Shuttle buses will run throughout the day from noon until 8 p.m., according to a release.

Quaker Steak & Lube to open in Janesville

Quaker Steak & Lube will be opening a new location in Janesville on Wednesday, Aug. 14, the company said in a release.

According to the release, the chicken wing chain will open an 8,000-square-foot restaurant at 3111 Wellington Place in Janesville. The new building will have seating for more than 350 diners including an enclosed brickyard patio.

The restaurant is expected to add 200 jobs to the area. It opens at 11 a.m. 

Restaurant Offers Free Flap Jacks To Benefit Children's Miracle Network

Restaurant Offers Free Flap Jacks To Benefit Children's Miracle Network

For the seventh consecutive year, IHOP restaurants nationwide will offer each guest a free short stack of its famous buttermilk pancakes on National Pancake Day, which is Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., in an effort to raise awareness and funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities..       

For every short stack of buttermilk pancakes served on National Pancake Day, IHOP guests are invited to make a voluntary donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Donations made at IHOPs in the Madison area will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ program at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

IHOP hopes to raise $2.7 million this year, with a goal to bring the total amount of funds raised to more than $10 million. 

There are three are IHOP restaurants at 2825 University Avenue, 4614 E. Washington Avenue and 3000 Deerfield Road in Janesville.

Rock County Health Department Makes Restaurant Inspection Information Available

Rock County Health Department Makes Restaurant Inspection Information Available

Those looking for a healthy and clean place to eat, can now check out the Rock County Health Department's website. 

The Health Department is now posting recent inspection information for more than 800 restaurants, bars and convenience stores online.

Last year, they only issued about 24 detailed reports.

The environmental health director said this year they've already received a dozen requests.

For more information, go to http://www.co.rock.wi.us.

HomeTown Buffet Revitalizes Old Country Buffet With New Name, Look, Flavors

HomeTown Buffet Revitalizes Old Country Buffet With New Name, Look, Flavors

Madison's HomeTown Buffet will be opening for business on Friday, July 15. 

Formerly, the Old Country Buffet restaurants at 1745 Parkside Drive in Madison is undergoing a transformation, unveiling not only a new name, HomeTown Buffet, but also a fresh, new interior look and bold new flavors.

The restaurants in Madison and Janesville will be redesigned with the renovation of each restaurant expected to take about two weeks.

The Janesville location at 2900 Deerfield Drive will be renovated from July 27-Aug. 5. 

A new family-friendly game room area for children is also part of the redesign.