Welcome Back Jim’s!

Jim's Grille

Welcome Back Jim’s! 

Bringing a restaurant back to life after a devastating fire is no small task. It, literally, takes a village. Everyone from the owner, to the staff, to the insurance companies, to the supply and equipment dealer, to each and every customer, plays a part in lifting a business out of the ashes. In February of 2013, Rich’s Restaurant, a staple in the Cedarburg community for more than 30 years, experienced a 3-alarm fire that closed its doors for a little over a year, and required it to be gutted down to the studs. Reopening as Jim’s Grille on March 5th, 2014 was a great moment for the restaurant, its fans, and its owner Jim Joyce. The old favorite is now brand spanking new, from the front of the house to the back. 

“I’m really happy with the way things turned out,” says Joyce. He’s certainly not the only one. Set one foot into Jim’s and it’s plain to see that it’s the kind of place people look forward to—breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It has cozy diner vibe that immediately makes you feel like you can hang out there all day. (I know I wanted to). 

The fresh look is not the only thing customers will find when they step back into Jim’s. The menu has a more contemporary feel as well. Jim says the menu is now made up of about ½ the old menu, and ½ new items. Diners will enjoy several healthier options, including a chopped salad and a Door County “Cran-Nut” salad, more gourmet burgers and a delicious Quinoa & Cous Cous side dish. Fans of the traditional favorites, not to worry! Jim’s still has its famous Friday Fish Fry, juicy Broasted Chicken Dinner, and Cedarburg’s best go-to pizza.

People worked together and Jim’s was resurrected. At Boelter, we are proud to day we lent a helping hand along the way. Our Contract and Design Project Manager in Glendale at our Superstore, Paul Tomkowiak, working with the Paul Davis Restoration, helped Jim survey the damage, determine which pieces of commercial kitchen equipment could be salvaged (FYI...the pizza oven and the dough mixer survived), communicated with the insurance companies, and came up with a restaurant kitchen layout that was both cost-effective and energy efficient. 

Congratulations, Jim’s! We’re glad you’re back! 

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