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Paying Homage to a Town's Heritage, One Plate at a Time At Buggyworks Restaurant & Pub

By Elisha Neubauer

If there's one thing Jeff Ewald loves more than food, it's the history behind his hometown, Monroe, Wisconsin.

Having grown up in Monroe, Ewald developed a love for local cheese and beer along with a deep-seeded adoration for the quaint, historic town. Having left the area to attend college in Madison, Ewald found himself returning to Monroe frequently to visit family and friends. During his visits, he realized that the town was missing a particular entity that he was able to find on the busier streets of Madison.

"There are many terrific restaurants in Monroe but I always felt there was one type that was underrepresented," Ewald said.

What Ewald felt was missing from his hometown was an upscale pub. He was looking for a place that served upscale pub food with a focus on fresh local ingredients; where everything was made to order from scratch.

"Several years ago I began developing a plan if the opportunity arose," Ewald said. In late 2013, the opportunity did indeed present itself and Ewald set to work.

The township of Monroe is vividly proud of its heritage and Ewald wanted to showcase that pride in his new business. As his restaurant venture was located in the Fitzgibbons Building, he knew exactly how to honor his hometown's history while making a little of his own. Once Fitzgibbons Carriage Manufacturers, the largest employer of Monroe citizens in the 1800s, the building earned a nickname of The Buggyworks. Ewald couldn't think of a better fitting name than that for his new business.

The Buggyworks Restaurant & Pub opened in September of 2014.

"We embrace and celebrate that history with some historical decor including a genuine Fitzgibbons buggy we display in the restaurant," Ewald said.

Today, the site offers a versatile eatery. Customers are able to feel just as comfortable grabbing a beer and watching the game as they are hosting a family function, celebrating an anniversary or a birthday, or bringing a first date. Regardless of the event, even if it's just a family dinner out, the atmosphere is warm and welcoming.

"We have many business people who enjoy the atmosphere to entertain clients or meet for a business lunch," Ewald said.

The menu offers a wide variety of options, sure to please anyone in the group. Popular menu choices include the Green County Beer Cheese Soup and Hand Battered Cheese Curd. Rounding out the dinner menu are items such as hand-cut steaks, an assortment of pastas, and handmade burgers.

"The Beer and Cheese is sourced right here in Green County and if you know anything about this area you know we love our beer and cheese," Ewald said.

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