The Legend of Kodiak Jack
The restaurant was named after the owner, Lee Engelman's great great grandfather Jacque Creapeau. Jacque was a French Canadian trapper in coastal British Columbia during the early 1800s. Story has it, his traps were raided on a daily basis by a huge bear. Finally, after several months, Jacque came face to face with the giant 10-foot tall brown bear. With his flintlock rifle, Jacque shot and killed the bear. The bear weighed almost 1000 pounds, the likes that had never been seen in that area before. Locals started calling him Kodiak Jacque after the great Kodiak bear. A few years later Jacque was killed in a bar fight in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.
Lee and Judy Engelman, the owners, are pictured with well known and respected Big Game Hunter and outdoor writer, Jim Zumbo. Visit Jim at www.jimzumbo.com.
Not only is Kodiak Jacks known for it's fabulous in house dining, but also for its professional and prized Catering services. Kodiak Jack's has been chosen to serve EAA's (Experimental Aircraft Association's Fly in Convention, now known as EAA AirVenture) elite. Kodiak Jacks is proud to cater the Vip EAA Dinner for Sponsors and Dignitaries, with some of the most famous and influential persons. Pictured is the owner, Lee Engelman with Edsel Ford, Ford Motor Company.
Kodiak Jack's also caters a bountiful luncheon each day of the 7 day AirVenture for over 1100 hungry people, serving Eclipse Manufacturing and many EAA Vendor Personnel.
Country USA held in the later part of June every year brings in world-class entertainment featuring country music's biggest and hottest headliners. Kodiak Jacks offers great food on site for the expansive attendees at Country USA. Many of the premier country singers also stop into Kodiak Jacks to visit with Lee and Judy for a delicious dinner and spectacular drinks.
Pictured to the right are Lee and Judy with famous Country performer, Aaron Tippin.
Mr. Cinders® Charcoal Sandwich
2010 9th Ave, Oshkosh WI
Mr. Cinders also developed by Lee Engelman, began serving patrons from its’ Oshkosh Avenue location in 1975 with only a small fifty seat restaurant. Mr. Cinders was such an immediate success that the need for expansion became very evident. On June 17, 1992 the expansive 9th Street Oshkosh location was opened and quickly became one of Oshkosh Areas most frequented restaurants, winning many awards, such as best burger/steak sandwich.
Mr. Cinders still serves freshly cut meats by Fox Valley Specialty Meats which are grilled to your desire over a charcoal fire. Mr. Cinders also offers a vast selection of other delicious choices, such as, tavern-style Perch and Haddock, fresh salads, hearty sandwiches, and mouthwatering desserts.
To date, the Mr. Cinders/Cinders chain of five independent owner operated restaurants continue to serve the Fox Valley Area with great food, friendly service, and competitive prices.
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