By Kate Knight
Chef Matt Carlyle will be the new owner of Red Mill Supper Club in Stevens Point.
The restaurant will be renamed “Old 10 Bistro” when Carlyle’s ownership becomes official in March.
The Saint Paul, Minnesota native said he plans a soft opening at Old 10 Bistro with a limited menu and seating on Wednesday, March 9. A grand opening is scheduled to follow on Friday, April 1.
Carlyle began his cooking career in 1992. After realizing the traditional college experience wasn’t for him, he went on to complete a 16-month culinary program at Le Cordon Blue in Minnesota. The chef also spent six weeks working at Maxim’s, a well-known restaurant in Paris, France.
With more than 20 years of experience under his belt, Carlyle said he is ready to run a restaurant of his own. He currently resides in Stillwater, Minnesota where he has most recently worked as the head chef at Rivertown Inn.
“Working in a restaurant is my passion,” Carlyle said. “The busyness, craziness – the atmosphere is what I like about it.”
The chef discovered Red Mill Supper Club on a real estate website. “I was searching on the Internet and found it for sale,” Carlyle explained. “I checked it out online and went out and saw it. I fell in love with the place and decided it was a good move.” A drive through the city of Stevens Point helped seal the deal for Carlyle.
Old 10 Bistro will be open Wednesday through Sunday and closed Monday and Tuesday. Tentative hours of business are 3 PM – 10 PM on weekdays and closing a bit later – 11 PM or midnight – on the weekends.
Carlyle said he plans to play it by ear when it comes to finalizing the new hours and menu selections that will be offered at the bistro. Specials, to be determined, will be provided each night. He is also considering brunch on Sunday mornings in the future.
Fifteen of the 18 current staff members at Red Mill Supper Club will stay on board at the Old 10 Bistro. According to Carlyle, Don Thompson, Red Mill’s current owner, is planning to bar tend at the bistro and Cat Hanson, Red Mill’s head cook, will stay on as sous chef.
Carlyle said he wouldn’t stay hidden in the kitchen at Old 10 Bistro and plans to meet guests in the dining room. He wants to keep some of the establishment’s tradition, but also “bring things up to date.”
Red Mill’s décor will change, Carlyle said. “I’ll simplify the look and update the bar a bit – change some selections,” he explained. “I’d like to make the bar a funky, martini bar atmosphere, change the taps they have out now, and get local Wisconsin beers – New Glarus and Point – more independent and local overall.”
Carlyle said he plans to use locally sourced ingredients when cooking as much as possible at Old 10 Bistro.
“I’m getting a bit away from supper club atmosphere, but not high-end,” he said. “I want it to be fun for people to come in, and you don’t have to wear a suit – it’s just good food and having fun.”
Carlyle said he is looking forward to becoming a part of the Stevens Point community. “Giving good food to people who want to eat – just getting my hands in there, making it mine and doing it … meeting people, the small town feel – I’m excited and I’ve been wanting to do this even before culinary school,” he said.
“It’s a dream coming true,” Carlyle added. “It’s going to be a learning experience, but I’m confident we’ll do good and make people happy.”
Old 10 Bistro – still Red Mill Supper Club – is located at 1222 County Rd. HH in Stevens Point. For more information call 715-341-7714 or find Old 10 Bistro on Facebook.