Discover Downtown: Fress

DISCOVER DOWNTOWN like never before!

Get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the GREAT businesses located here in downtown.  Get to know the owners and their products from checking out their answers to a series of fun questions!

What is the name of your business and who is the owner(s)?

Fress Restaurant and Bar - Owners Jim Verhoven, Steve Vanfossen, James Dudley

What service(s) and/or product(s) do you offer?

An upscale casual dining restaurant with worldly cuisine.  Small to medium shared plates. Scratch made food with local ingredients, chef driven.  Full bar, craft cocktails, wide wine selection. Private dining for events, Chef table with open kitchen.

What inspired you to start your business?

Beer can chicken, a love story, Dudley and Colton basting with butter, drinking a lot of High Life and frisbees. Their desire to grow and share their culinary vision with Appleton.

What are 3 words that describe your business?

Scratch, Passion, Ever-Evolving

If your business had a theme song, what would it be?

Goodbye Horses By Q Lazzarus

What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

"There's no such thing as work-life balance. Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life."

What's something about your business nobody knows?

We don't want you to know and we're going to keep it that way.

What do you love most about being in Downtown Appleton?

The connection to other businesses.  Being able to support other local business neighbors. And of course our close proximity to post work libations.

If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have?

Fly, if we don't have to walk any more or go up and down the stairs, life would be good.

If you could share a meal with anyone, living or dead, who would they be and why?

The person who invented mayonnaise. How did you come up with this?! It's delicious. 

Frances Mallman- He's a romantic of life.

If you had to describe your business as an animal, which one would it be and why?

River Otter- fun, cute, loves shell fish, and loves swimming.

Something else fun and unique about your business you want to share?

We have one very small freezer. Everything comes in fresh and is used fresh with very little waste.

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