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Woodside Pub & Eatery Replaces Greco's

New owners say business is not the traditional bar - it's more family-oriented and offers more variety on the menu.

Francisco Montiel only planned to stay in the Milwaukee area for a few months when he moved here from New York in the mid-1990s.

But then he met his future wife, Leslie, while she worked as a waitress and he as a chef at a Milwaukee restaurant.

Thirteen years later, not only are they are still here, they are living their dream: they have opened their own restaurant, Woodside Pub & Eatery, at 10166 S. 27th St. in Oak Creek (across from Wheaton Franciscan Hospital).

"We're trying to live the American dream," Montiel said with a laugh.

Woodside is in the same building as the former Greco's Pub & Eatery. Montiel said they purchased the business in April, but the name change happened just last week. The name came with the help of the couple's four children. It was inspired by the Woodside neighborhood in which Montiel grew up as well as the woods to the east and south of the restaurant.

The name is not the only difference from Greco's.

Leslie, a Greendale native, and her husband said they wanted to get away from the stereotypical bar food and atmosphere. So they gave the menu more variety, with new pasta and Mexican dishes among the changes.

The most popular dish so far, Francisco Montiel says, is his Jumbo Chimichanga.

They also made the atmosphere more family-oriented. A sand volleyball court and a kickball field are in the back, and the owners say families shouldn't hesitate to bring their kids - they'll even switch a TV to cartoons for you.

"We wanted to change the image," Montiel said.

That said, the business also has a bar area and closes at the traditional bar time (2 a.m.). It opens at 11 a.m.

Woodside is off to a good start as Francisco and Leslie alternate between feeling excited and scared in their first business venture. They receive a lot of business from golfers, with Oakwood Golf Course nearby, and have retained a number of Greco's customers.

They hope residents in the area can make the trip to the southern end of 27th Street and see what they are all about.

"Come and give us a chance," Montiel said.

Dirk June 15, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Good luck!!
Mike in OC June 16, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Ive been there a couple times since the new owner took over.... he is a very nice guy..... I wish him the best of luck!
Gary Kasza June 16, 2012 at 04:08 PM
We went there last night. Place needs a lot of decor work!! I had the fish and it was good. My wife had the pasta Rigatoni. Enough to feed 3 people. My son had the BBQ pulled pork and he liked it. I had a bite, but the chef left in a hunk of the Silver Skin! Yuck! Only one waitress!!! I hope they work the bugs out!?
Joan June 16, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Food is great and the peaple there are really nice!!!!!
Mr.Ed June 17, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Went on Friday. The food was good, real good. I want them to be successful. The good: The food. Plenty, tasty, and hot. The needs work: Is this going to be a bar that serves food or a restaurant with a bar? If you want restaurant business you need to pick up where Greco's fell short. Clean up the place. Presentation is everything. Kill the weeds in front, I wasn't sure the place was open for business or abandoned. Get rid of the banquet style chairs and get something comfortable. Put the radiators that are falling apart back together and clean up. I would go back for the food, but the place needs to be a more memorable experience if I'm going to become a regular. We have much tidy'er places (competition) down the street (Muligans and Jim Dandy's.) If upgrades are planned, better get going as first impressions determine return business very quickly. I live in OC and work across the street, I want to see this place work out. If you want to attract that business, some changes are needed. You got the food thing down, now take care of the rest.
Kummie June 25, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Place needs a little decor sure!! Food is the best in the area at a moderate Price! Will go back
Jo Ann October 13, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Josie We used to go here to eat when it was Grecos and we loved the food. We came back for the tacos which are Still Great, But we went tonight for the fish fry that was not good the potato pancakes were frozen and had a bad taste as if they were old. the fish wasn't seasoned which made them bland. The coleslaw was to mushy and salad was bland just a few onions and a small slice of tomato. We also ordered an appetizer which was a tortilla with cheese very bland, the waitress brought all of it together, normally you'd get the appitizer first and later you get your food which is the correct way.It wasn't pleasing at all and the food was not appitiezing. We paid almost $30 and it was wasted on the meal. Our waitressneeds training on how and when to serve the different courses.After our dissapointing evening all we can see doing is coming back on taco night once in a while. Not Happy turned us off to other menu items.

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