Couple Saves Their Livelihood by Re-opening Billings Park Cafe

By KBJR News 1

October 19, 2013 Updated Oct 19, 2013 at 3:21 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.COM)

The Billings Park Café has long been a landmark in Superior...but for years it disappeared...until a couple facing economic hardship, chose to stay in the Northland, and keep a Superior tradition alive.

The clanging of pots.

The chattering of guests.

The shuffling of feet through restaurant doors...
All sounds that resonate throughout Billings Park Café.

But two years ago the café had shutters on the windows and owners Kodi Brunner and Casey Ostman were planning on leaving town.

"We were just looking for a good job and a good opportunity. And we were going to pack all of our stuff and move to West Virginia," says Brunner.

Brunner's mother, a Superior native knew about Billings Park Café from growing up in the area.
She suggested the couple re–open the restaurant of her youth.

"And she said I know that you've always wanted to own your own place so why don't you look at it and if you like it give it a shot so we gave it a whirl and saw if it worked and so far it's been unbelievable," Brunner adds.

But it wasn't always an easy ride for the engaged couple.

"Opening was probably our hardest because we had to get everything up to code," say Casey Ostman.

But they're happy they persevered.

Billings Park Café shares a long and appreciated history in the Superior community.

"The building's been here for a long time and it used to be Nelson's variety or hardware store...then somebody turned it into the café," Brunner informs.

"I heard it was a pool hall before too," Ostman adds.

Now people come from all over to see the café but running a family business can sometimes be stressful according to Brunner.

"Yeah it's hectic especially with a little one."

But both agree it's worth it, and they're happy they decided to stay in the Northland.

"We're originally from Minong so all our friends and family aren't too far away," says Ostman.

Billings Park Café regularly gives away gift certificates to charities in the Twin Ports.

Recently a family traveled more than an hour, from Ashland, WI to grab a bite to eat.

Posted to the web by Gabrielle Ware
gware@kbjr.com

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