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Whipsaw Bar and Grill prepares for first fish fry since opening Submitted: 05/18/2018
Story By Allie Herrera

Whipsaw Bar and Grill prepares for first fish fry since opening
RHINELANDER - The company now running Northwood Golf Course in Rhinelander wanted to make some changes. Within the last year, the city-owned golf course has updated golf rates and renamed the restaurant. It's hoping to pull itself out of a more than $1 million hole. 
 
The new restaurant, Whipsaw Bar and Grill, recently opened its doors for the first time. Chef Adam VandenHoogen spent most of Friday getting ready for the restaurant's first fry. 


VandenHoogen, who's originally from Wausau, has worked in the food industry for more than a decade. 

"I went to Le Cordon Bleu in Minneapolis so I have [a] traditional French culinary background," said VandenHoogen, who's also the food and beverage manager. 

VandenHoogen says his favorite part of being a chef is the reactions he gets from customers. 

"It's exciting to see people actually eat something that I created and comment on the looks of it and how it tastes [and the] textures," said VandenHoogen.

"We can come in and have a drink and enjoy some really good food," said Mark Hietpas, who's visiting from Little Chute. 

Hietpas and his buddies won't be staying for Friday's fish fry. But say they like the direction the Northwood Golf Course is going in.

Back in the kitchen, VandenHoogen's just hoping tonight goes out with a splash. 

"It's all about the beer and it's the beer that I use that really makes the batter real light and airy," said VandenHoogen.


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