New owners will reopen
after remodeling completed
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
A few changes are being planned, but the new owners of Imperial’s longtime downtown restaurant will keep some of the favorites, too, at the former Jack’s Steakhouse at 415 Broadway.
Sisters Beth and Lisa Bremer of Imperial signed the final papers Monday on the restaurant purchase from Jack and Christy Stinnette, and then closed for a week of remodeling and other work.
The establishment has been renamed Brickstone Grille & Sports Bar.
They’ll have a “soft” opening on Wednesday, Oct. 6, but will be gearing up for a big night on Thursday, Oct. 7, as they invite people in for the 5:30 p.m. MT Husker/Kansas State football game.
The Bremers said they are changing the focus of the lounge more into a sports bar atmosphere.
“We want to be a Husker game watch site,” Beth said.
By the reopening next week, they will have hung five 50-inch and five 42-inch TVs throughout the bar and restaurant.
They are expanding into what was formally known as the banquet room at the back of the bar area, which they’ve renamed the Plus 7 Room. Three of the new TVs will be placed in that area, the pool table moved in there and seating added, the Bremers said.
The “Plus 7” Bremer family farm brand will be evident in that room.
The new owners are repainting throughout, laid some new carpet and rearranging some of the seating.
A new black counter top for the bar will be installed by next week’s opening.
In the Plus 7 Room, the Bremers have removed more of the wall surfaces to expose the original brick, as had been done several years ago on the restaurant’s north walls.
Thus, comes the name they selected for the establishment.
Discussion on buying
Jack’s started this spring
Beth Bremer had been working in politics in Washington D.C., the past six and a half years, and got “burned out,” she said.
She returned to the family farm this spring, and one day while on the tractor with her dad, Kip, the discussion turned to the possibilities of a sports bar in Imperial.
The Stinnettes’ restaurant and lounge were on the market, so the Bremers got in contact with Jack. The prospects of the purchase “started taking shape in May and June,” Beth said.
Lisa had been living near D.C. in Virginia, and also had moved back home. Things went quickly from there.
Both young women said Imperial is a good place to return to.
“After living in several places, Imperial isn’t such a bad place. It’s different after you leave home for awhile and come back,” Lisa said.
Beth is a 1999 graduate of Chase County High School, and earned a political science degree from UNK in 2003. She worked for then-Congressman Tom Osborne in his D.C. office, and the last three years, for Osborne’s successor, Adrian Smith.
Lisa is a 2004 CCS graduate, and also earned a human services degree from Southeast Community College in Lincoln in 2007.
The Bremers expressed appreciation for all the support they’ve received so far in their new business venture.
Most of the previous staff has remained on with the new owners. Patty Lueth will be kitchen manager, the Bremers said.
Their parents, Kip and Jan Bremer, will also be regular “advisors,” they noted.
All of the Jack’s Steakhouse gift certificates purchased will be honored by the new owners.
Several new menu items,
but standbys remain, too
The Bremers are developing a new menu, but it will include several of the former entrees people like, including its popular steaks, chicken fried steak and a number of others.
They are expanding the menu’s appetizer section, with wings being a new addition, Beth said, complete with their own special wing sauces. There will also be regular appetizer specials.
Burgers will be a big focus, too. Freshly-ground hamburger will be used in all burgers, they said.
Complementing the expanded backroom area, one menu feature will be the Plus 7 Burger, which will include seven ingredients.
The new owners will also be bringing back the chicken strip, chicken gizzard and fish filet baskets.
Limited menu items, including the baskets and appetizers, will continue to be offered in the bar after the restaurant closes.
The Bremers also announced they will be open Sundays from 12 noon to 10 p.m., and will feature the buffet once a month.
The establishment will be closed all day Tuesdays.
Hours will be:
Mondays—11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5 to 11 p.m.
Tuesdays—Closed all day.
Wednesdays—11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5 to 11 p.m.
Thursdays—11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5 to 11 p.m.
Fridays—11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5 to 12 midnight.
Saturdays—11 a.m. to 12 midnight.
Sundays—12 noon to 10 p.m.