Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Cubby Hole leased to Ben Jung

Ben Jung is the new operator and chef at the Cubby Hole in Woodville. He is pictured in his kitchen.

The Cubby Hole in Woodville has been leased to Ben and Kelli Jung and they have opened a restaurant at the location. They will continue to operate the bar.

Ben Jung is the former chef at Cafe Tango in Baldwin. He said his new venture in Woodville is going well. He started operating the Cubby Hole April 1, opened the restaurant last week and will hold a Grand Opening celebration Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26.

The Cubby Hole will feature a selection of American food, said Ben, and fresh meats from Olson's Woodville Meats. The restaurant also features locally roasted Apple River Coffee from Star Prairie.

Ben said he grew up in the small town of Randolph, Wis., which has a population of about 1,800 people and is about 45 minutes northeast of Madison.

Ben attended Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Minneapolis. His food preparation experience in addition to Cafe Tango, includes working at Bon Appetit food service at Macalester College, including working with an Italian Chef. Most recently, Ben has worked for Cisco Foods and with many local establishments.

The restaurant at the Cubby Hole features seating for about 75, with space available for 150 at special events. The establishment is smoke-free. In the future the restaurant will feature entertainment and cater to meetings.

Kelli and Ben have two children, Joey, seven, who is in kindergarten and Mikey, two and one-half.