The delectable aromas of fresh bakery and brick oven pizzas is once again emanating from Zippy’s in downtown Rhinelander. Mitch Miles, operator and owner of this restaurant, reopened Zippy’s just a couple weeks ago, and is looking forward to bringing back, or keeping, all the menu favorites this unique and welcoming restaurant is known for.
Mitch is not an unfamiliar businessman in the area. He used to own and operate the BP station on Stevens Street. Then he decided to move out of the area, but he missed the Northwoods and came back to Rhinelander looking for a new venture. Zippy’s was just the ticket.
This restaurant was closed for a spell before Mitch bought it, and he heard from former customers how much they missed the bakery. “People really liked having a bakery on Brown Street,” said Mitch. “I decided to keep that open and improve it even more.”
Now sweet rolls, muffins, elephant ears and more are made from scratch and fresh every day at Zippy’s. In addition, specialty breads, coffee cakes and cakes for any occasion can also be ordered. Even wedding cakes are available. In addition, Mitch serves up fresh Backroads Coffee (roasted in Hayward) every day.
And customers are welcome to eat their morning goodies at the new bar Mitch and his helpers built in one section of the building. It is made from a variety of wood that was reclaimed from an old grain elevator. It has been burnished to an impressive high gloss, and provides a Northwoods feel to this downtown establishment.
Zippy’s has always been known for its pizza, and Mitch has decided to bring back the original brick oven-cooked variety that customers find so delicious.
“I use only the highest quality ingredients,” said Mitch. “That’s the only way you are really going to get a good pizza.” These pies come in many different varieties, including favorites like pepperoni, sausage and mushroom, and cheese. There is also a huge selection of specialty pizzas, like Philly Cheesesteak, Spinach Garlic and Mushroom, Macaroni Cheese and Hot Dog and the famous Zippy-Do-Da which is described as the “all-American cheeseburger pizza.” Custom requested pizzas are also available including many extra toppings.
Sandwiches are also a favorite here, including Ham and Cheese, Chilled Roast Beef and the Super Turkey, to name a few. Hot sandwiches are also offered, and there is many to choose from such as the Chi Town Italian beef, Italian Meatball Bomber, the Zippy Dog, a French Dip sandwich and a delicious Rueben.
Fresh chicken from a pressure roaster is available, too, and comes ready to take home in a bucket by itself or a meal that includes a couple of sides. Quantities are available in four, eight, 12 and 16 pieces and large orders for parties and other get-togethers are also welcome. “I used to run a convenience store in Fond du Lac, and my chicken was voted the best for three years in a row there,” said Mitch.
Zippy’s also offers fresh salads, and Mitch is expanding the Italian side of the menu. He has several pasta dishes including spaghetti. Fettucini Alfredo, Zippy’s Tortellini and Gnocchi in Cream Sauce are also available.
Appetizers include pizza fries, garlic bread, cheese bread and wings in many flavors. Mitch also serves up a tasty fish fry and daily specials include homemade soups and chili, in addition to a special sandwich or entree. Zippy’s also offers take-out and delivery services.
Zippy’s is located at 151 N. Brown St. in downtown Rhinelander. It is open Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Friday and Saturday from 6 a.m. to midnight and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., however there is no bakery on Sunday.
For more information, cal (715) 365-3355, or visit Zippy’s Facebook page.