Business Close-Up: Zippy’s variety of eats
While the delicious aromas still permeate Brown Street from Zippy’s in downtown Rhinelander, the management of this welcoming and cozy restaurant has undergone some big changes. Purchased by Vicki and Jim Richter last September, the couple and their family, have expanded the menu and times when customers can come in and enjoy a good meal.
Zippy’s has always been known for its tasty bakery items, and that continues today. Buns, breads, a wide variety of sweet rolls, cookies, elephant ears and specialty cakes continue to be offered here. Even custom-made Hodag cakes are available. “Our cake decorator is really good at making these,” said Vicki.
Coffee beans are freshly ground every day, resulting in a memorable cup of Joe which compliments a new breakfast menu that includes eggs any way, side meats, pancakes, omelets, skillets, French toast and more. Waffles are also available, but only before 11 a.m. The rest of the breakfast menu is served all day.
Lunches are served starting at 11 a.m., and delicious sandwiches are offered, as well as healthy salads and fruit bowls. Hot roast beef with homemade gravy and real mashed potatoes is a favorite, along with the “Zippy Burger” which is a double cheeseburger that includes bacon. Zippy’s Rueben is also frequently requested, and is piled high with corned beef that is made in-house. Fish sandwiches, French dip roast beef, Chi Town Italian beef, fish and chicken sandwiches and hot dogs are also favorites. The Zippy hot dog also has a following, and is unique in that pizza crust serves as the bun. There is a kid’s menu in addition to half sandwiches for those with a lighter appetite, and a different homemade soup is featured every day.
Zippy’s has also become known for its brick oven-baked pizzas. and those continue to be offered in 12-and 16-inch sizes. Toppings are numerous, and customers can choose a pie from the menu, or order one with all their favorites. In addition, savory calzones and pizza puffs are cooked in the brick oven, giving them a unique one-of-a-kind taste, and the dough for these mainstays is freshly made every day.
A fish fry, featuring Haddock either beer battered, baked or deep fried, is also served on Fridays. Another Friday favorite is a beer battered pork chop that has customers raving. Pressured fried chicken is on the menu, and is available to-go in a range of quantities. A limited beer and wine menu is also offered.
Except for breakfast, Zippy’s will deliver, and they cover a 10-mile radius in and around Rhinelander.
“For people living farther out, we are more than happy to meet them so they don’t have to drive all the way into town,” said Vicki.
Zippy’s is located at 151 N. Brown St. in Rhinelander, and is open every day of the week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
For more information, call (715) 365-3355.