It didn’t take long for the news to spread through Stillwater this week.
After being closed for more than two years, the popular Dock Cafe in downtown Stillwater reopened on Thursday under new management and with a new menu.
“It’s the perfect Dock day,” said John Koch, who has taken over operations at the restaurant now called The Dock. The restaurant, which overlooks the St. Croix River, opened for patio service only with a limited menu at 11 a.m. Thursday.
The restaurant’s menu features steak, pork chops, chicken, salmon, burgers and “some pastas and great desserts,” Koch said. “Everything is homemade from scratch.”
Koch, who also owns Gio’s and the Portside in downtown Stillwater, said he worked hard to keep menu prices down “so people don’t go broke in the process of going out to lunch and dinner,” he said. “We want them to go out and enjoy themselves.”
Some former Dock Café employees have been hired back to work at the new restaurant, Koch said. As for the rest of the 65 employees, he said he had no trouble hiring people “because of the location and the beauty of the building. It’s the most beautiful restaurant on the river in Stillwater.”
Hours this weekend are: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.