Unique Eats: The Buck

By: Joel Schipper Email
By: Joel Schipper Email

Temperatures are expected to be in the nineties this weekend and St. Joseph is definitely going to be a busy place.

That's great news for businesses there, especially for a new restaurant that just opened it's doors.

This summer, the buck stops here on State Street in St. Joseph.

A new restaurant of the same name is adding an urban feel to the seasonal tourist hot spot.

Owner Ken Kozminski opened The Buck about seven weeks ago, saying it's something the city needs.

“We're located right in the downtown area which attracts people,” says owner Ken Kozminski. “Not only are the locals attracted, but also the strong tourism base that we have here throughout the summer months.”

Inside the shell of a former candy company, and most recently Port 412, the 140 year old building is now a mixture of casual beach meets big city loft, with super high ceilings, flat screens, and metal panels.

“A most industrial feel something that would be more casual for people to come in the door and stopping in here at anytime,” says Kozminski describing the atmosphere of the restaurant.

Here you can load up on ribs, or even build your own burgers like this Mexican Stuffed One with jabenero jack cheese.

Or the Blue Cheese Perfection, some burgers even topped with buck bacon, which is local bacon coated with their special seasonings.

The perch is another example of how The Buck tries to keep the theme local, with the raised in Indiana.

And to wash it all down the new restaurant prides itself in beer. 26 drafts on tap, 16 of them brewed not far from here, including the Four Horsemen from South Bend.

Also, much of the wine is from the vineyards across Southwest Michigan.

“It's been extremely popular for people to come in and do sampling, try the different beers to find the one they like and it's been very successful,” explains Kozminski about the beer selection.

But the focal point to The Buck, is the two-tiered deck out back.

“It has a view, obviously, over looking the bluff and all the activities that are going there and it's easy to walk up the hill and show up on the patio and enjoy the breezes we get off of Lake Michigan,” says Kozminski describing the views on the patio.

The Buck is open for both lunch and dinner.


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