When Carey Sharpe and Jenna Golem purchased, renovated and reopened the former Oshkosh Eagles Club as The Howard in Oshkosh last year, they created multiple spaces meeting a variety of needs. The Howard includes not only event spaces, a performance area and retro bowling alley, but also a café that is quickly drawing attention from locals as a great place for lunch.
“Having an establishment like The Howard — downtown and at the center of it all — lends itself nicely to doing business and showcasing Oshkosh. We are fortunate to have this renovated beauty serving creative and unique lunches in an easy-to-access location,” says Heidi Strand, co-founder of Blue Door Consulting.
The Café at The Howard features locally sourced lunch and snacking options, including Olden Noodle Salad, Vegetable Spring Rolls, Tomato and Lentil Soup and Door County Cherry Chia Pudding. It also offers grab-and-go meals, including Grass-fed Beef/Pork Meatballs in a Carrot-Tomato Sauce. Then, there are desserts and fresh-pressed juices, coffee, smoothies and handcrafted specialty beverages.
Guests can grab lunches to eat back at their desks or eat in The Howard’s lobby, where the building’s original architecture is on display. The renovated building has a “wow” factor and people are curious to see the transformation, says Brenda Haines, co-founder of Blue Door Consulting. Then there’s the food.
“The lunches are healthy and locally sourced — a great way to show clients that you care about them and the local economy,” Haines says.
— MaryBeth Matzek