Historic New Germany restaurant opens with new name, owners

Paul Joswick, left, and his wife, Lisa, right, are co-owners of the newly-opened Hollywood Roadhouse just outside New Germany, along with their son Dylan, who is not pictured. Nick Fenske, center, is the executive chef. (Staff photo by Matt Bunke)

Paul Joswick, left, and his wife, Lisa, right, are co-owners of the newly-opened Hollywood Roadhouse just outside New Germany, along with their son Dylan, who is not pictured. Nick Fenske, center, is the executive chef. (Staff photo by Matt Bunke)

Paul and Lisa Joswick’s experience in the restaurant industry is limited, to say the least.

Lisa worked in several of them in her earlier years, but never Paul. Certainly, the Hollywood Township couple had never owned one.

But that all changed a little more than a year ago, when the couple, along with their son, Dylan, purchased the old Hollywood Ranch House just outside New Germany. The historic restaurant had already been closed for several years, but Paul Joswick said it wasn’t hard to envision a new future for the restaurant, which first opened its doors in 1940.

“My wife and I were looking for a new challenge,” Paul said of the decision to purchase the restaurant. “We saw this as always being a fun spot in the past. We could envision it looking like it does now.”

Joswick was referring to a year’s worth of remodeling he and his family have put into the restaurant. With new floors, new ceilings, new paint, a new kitchen and a new bar, Joswick said no surface was left untouched. The Joswicks, with the help of their executive chef, Nick Fenske, did all the remodeling work themselves.

“It was a lot of work,” said Joswick, who owns his own construction business. “There were a lot of hidden things we had to change. It’s been a challenge.”

But well worth it, Joswick added. The restaurant, now called the Hollywood Roadhouse, officially opened its doors for business on July 3.

To read the rest of this story, please pick up a copy of this week’s Carver County News or Waconia Patriot.

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