The German restaurant Opa's is planning a grand opening celebration Saturday, Aug. 15. Live music, a chance to win dinner for two, and a special appearance by The German Club are planned.
Opa's is located at 440 Main Street and is owned by Angela Lindberg, who already has a lot of "sweat equity" in her business. With the help of friends and contractors, she spent many months transforming the building formerly occupied by Wanda's Bar. The undertaking involved gutting the interior and completely replacing the electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems.
In German, Opa means grandfather and in the restaurant business German means schnitzel, spaetzle, konigsberger klopse (kingsize meatballs), goulasch and other authentic entrees. Add a side of salt potatoes, Bavarian potato dumplings, spaetzle or sauerkraut. You'll also find burgers and brats on the menu. The burgers are German meat patties infused with onions and spices, served on a homemade bun with the toppings of your choice.
German beers and wines will be featured in the bar.
In naming the restaurant after her grandfather, Angela also demonstrates the importance of friends and family in her life. The opportunity to work alongside the people most important to her was a motivating factor in opening the restaurant.
Opa's opens daily at 11 a.m. and has extended hours Friday and Saturday nights. Angela expects the tavern in the back of the restaurant to be a lively spot on the weekends; otherwise, the focus will be on providing great food and great service at a reasonable price.
"My opa was my hero," Angela said. "He was the most inspirational man in my life, and I couldn't think of a better name for this restaurant."
The aquatics area at Bill Heddles Recreation Center continues to be closed as staff awaits the arrival of new lighting equipment and wiring.
"We are moving forward on this repair as fast as supplies will allow us to," said recreation director Wilma Erven.