The Rice Lake Chamber Ambassadors held a ribbon-cutting the morning of Oct. 26 to mark the official opening of Max's Family Kitchen and Bar in the former Perkins Restaurant on the north side of Rice Lake. It is located at the junction of Hwys. 53 and 48 on Cenex Drive in Rice Lake. Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.to 8 p.m. General manager is Mary Flatland, and store manager is Sue Rich-Brunette. The new establishment features a fresh, new approach to casual dining. Friday nights will feature a hand-battered, all-you-can-eat cod dinner. Other specialty items are fresh, never frozen, burgers, thick-cut bacon and homemade meatballs. Nightly specials include burger and fries with a bucket of beer on Mondays, half-off bottle of wine on Wednesdays and 50-cent wings on Thursdays.Their brand new bar includes specialty coffee drinks and a dessert menu. A favorite of their “over-the-top” Max shakes is Nutella and banana that comes with a chocolate-covered banana.
“We wear masks and ask that customers also wear masks to their tables,” Flatland said. “We do not enforce it, though. We seat every other table.”