|By Maureen Wallenfang, The Post-Crescent, Appleton, Wis.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The new restaurant called Sap, opening Tuesday, has its own personality and flavor that can be summed up with the phrase "all-day brunch."
"Breakfast was the focus, but the idea developed. We thought, 'Why should we closed after breakfast?'" said
"Sometimes a kid's favorite dinner is pancakes," said Kristen.
Sap will be open
Its interior is a mix of modern, urban, casual and retro design elements -- 1950s-style diner chairs, tongue-and-groove espresso-stained birch walls, a retro turquoise ceiling and vintage
There isn't one bite of pasta on the menu. This isn't intended to be competition for Carmella's. Sap's tagline is "brunch, brown bag and bakery."
Sap is at
"Our philosophy is the same at both places," said Nicole. "We're inviting guests into our home. The level of service is the same. Everything is made from scratch and made to order."
The restaurant's name came from Kristen's son, Owen, who at age 5 drew a picture of a breakfast restaurant he called Sap, an ode to maple syrup. The family loved the idea and tucked it away. Four years later, they're making it a reality.
Lunch/dinner menus feature sandwiches, salads and burgers. The to-go bakery counter has cupcakes, cheesecakes, fruit tarts and bomboloni (Italian doughnuts) made by Carmella's pastry chef
The kitchen, headed up by
The family invested
"We value our staff," said Nicole. "Our staff is the reason we were able to do this."
The restaurant pays a
See more on Sap's Facebook page. The future website will be sapbrunch.com.
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