New restaurant in downtown Janesville

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009
— A new restaurant has opened at one of downtown Janesville’s busiest intersections.

After a couple of months of renovations, Brian Cherry has opened Time Out Pub & Eatery on the ground floor of the Helgesen Building at Main and Milwaukee streets.

Cherry owned and operated Cherry’s Steak and Prime on North Franklin Street starting in 1995, although he'd worked at the restaurant since 1983 when it was called The Lounge. Cherry’s parents, Don and Ruth, bought it in 1984 and sold it to their son in 1995.

In early August, the Cherrys sold the building on North Franklin Street, and Brian Cherry has worked at Gray’s Tied House in Verona while looking for a new spot for his Janesville restaurant.

At different times, Cherry considered opening his restaurant at a development planned for Janesville’s Five Points, as well as a location on Main Street near Traxler Park. Both ideas, however, fell through for a variety of reasons, he said.

“The opening weekend down here went well,” Cherry said. “The renovations turned out just the way I want them to.”

Cherry is leasing about 3,100 square feet that at one time housed Mutual Savings Bank. Middleton-based Sara Investment Real Estate last year bought the five-story, 52,000-square-foot Helgesen Building.

Time Out seats about 100 and serves lunch and dinner. Dining is available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., while Time Out’s bar will remain open later.

Last updated: 11:42 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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