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New Restaurant 'Dishes' Out Quality Food, Quick

The Dish, near the corner of Ryan and 27th, features bakery, pasta and paninis.

What do you get when you combine the kringle and pastry of O&H Bakery with a restaurant delivering quality pizza and pasta?

You get The Dish, 9540 S. 27th St.

The newly-opened restaurant is in a building that had been vacant since 2005, on the corner of Ryan Road and 27th Street. The Dish owner Jim Willkomm was familiar with the building, having worked in the petroleum business and delivered to the next-door Mobil gas station, 9510 S. 27th St., plenty of times.

"I hauled to this location so I was very familiar with it and I just thought it was a shame that they left this building vacant for so long," he said.

After Willkomm bought it last June, he contacted his high school friend and current Dish chef, Val Secor, who within days had an entire vision for the place.

The menu includes pizza, pasta, soups, salads and sandwiches. The concept, Willkomm said, is quality food that's prepared quickly, which helps the restaurant utilize its drive-through.

"We don't want to consider ourselves fast food, because we think that cheapens it, but we want to consider it 'food that’s fast,'" Willkomm said. "You can get a pasta dinner or a panini in four minutes and take it home to the family.

"People get tired of burgers and fries. After awhile you just can't take it anymore."

Bringing O&H on board wasn't difficult. The Willkomms had a previous relationship with the company having partnered at Willkomm's Petro gas station on Highway 20 in Sturtevant.

It didn't take much convincing for O&H to get involved, Willkomm said.

"With this opportunity, we approached them and they said, 'We're in. We'd love to be up in the Oak Creek area,'" he said. "They were gung-ho."

Willkomm said business is split pretty evenly between the O&H bakery and The Dish. O&H is the most popular part in the breakfast hours, while The Dish is the hotspot during lunch. Even though the restaurant has only been open two months, seating can be hard to find during lunch, Willkomm said.

The Dish held a grand opening last week featuring elected officials and other South Suburban Chamber of Commerce members.

Business has started strong, despite no advertising, Willkomm said. He's hopeful that residents will find their way over to a restaurant in an area that may be under-served compared to the middle of Oak Creek.

"It just doesn't seem as well developed as when you go on Howell and you see there's a new restaurant every five feet," Willkomm said. "We thought, you know what, let's bring something to this side that we can be proud of."

Margaret Coonan February 14, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Looks like a really neat place to try. Thanks for the update.
Jim Willkomm February 18, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Sue-Sorry for the mistake. We would like to make it up to you. Could you please contact us at 414-856-0888 and ask for Val.
Rebecca Harris February 19, 2012 at 02:26 AM
went to go get some delicious kringle at the O&H bakery today. The cashier kate talked me into trying one of their sandwichs. I had the turkey and artichoke panini it was spectacular. I was in the middle of a conversation with kate i explained to her about my recent knee surgery, and how it was still very painful to walk. Knowing this she packaged up my kringle and walked me to my table. She then brought me my food when my name was called, helped me get my drink also. It was very good service and i will definetly return with friends.
Margaret Lankin February 19, 2012 at 03:53 PM
sue you sound real mature! Instead of calling back and talking to a manager to resolve the problem you go on the computer to talk bad about the place. I've been there a couple of times with some girlfriends and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Everyone was nice and very helpful and seem to really go the extra mile to make it a pleasant experience for all.
Mike in OC March 19, 2012 at 01:06 AM
I tried the perch there on Friday... it was amazing. Lightly battered and great flavor. The only negative was too much food.... I couldn't do anything the rest of the day I was stuffed.

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