Copper Falls aims to shine in Clinton

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From left; Copper Falls Jenine Tracy, Kristie Strand, Carol Esselman, Sandi Jacobs, Brian Jacobs, Rick Keller, Jeb Werner and Don Esselman have joined together to offer a new fine dining supper club in Clinton. Their opening night was Thursday, and they are expecting to draw in more customers from Clinton and beyond.

CLINTON — Thursday evening marked opening night for Copper Falls, 102 Allen St., a new supper club in Clinton.

In an interview on Thursday afternoon, owners and staff explained their vision and hard work behind the new supper club.

“There’s a lot of excitement about it. Come down and eat,” Brian Jacobs said.

Brian Jacobs and Sandi Jacobs along with Don and Carol Esselman are the owners of the newly remodeled building and majority owners of the supper club, and say they’ve tried to make both the dining experience and the building a “step up” from the average.

They have enlisted Rick Keller, a well-known caterer, and Jenine Tracy, who graduated from culinary school in San Francisco, as part of the venture. Manager Jeb Werner will bring his 30 years of experience to the supper club. He formerly was a chef at the Abbey Resort and the Lodge at Geneva Ridge and offered catering for Lake Geneva Cruise Line.

Copper Falls features fine dining with entrees such as steak, seafood, chicken and pork. The menu lists breast of duck, South African lobster tail, New York strip steak, bone-in filet mignon and much more. There is French onion soup, cream of mushroom soup and a soup of the day, along with desserts and much more.

So far there are six bartenders, six servers and four bus kids, with plans to add employees as the business grows. People can rent the space upstairs for special events, or enjoy the bar or dining area below. Copper Falls also offers catering.

Brian Jacobs, owner of Jake’s Electric across the street, and Don Esselman said they’ve always enjoyed eating out at supper clubs while on the road. When Brian and Don were talking about renovating the historic building they first considered converting the condemned building to office space. When considering the banquet space that can hold almost 90 people upstairs and the opportunity to buy the coffee shop space next door, they decided to forge ahead with supper club plans.

Once a hotel around the turn of the century, the building was unsafe to walk in and tipped in the middle. In February of 2012 Brian Jacobs and Don Esselman acted as general contractors and did the electrical work, and used local subcontractors to level up the first and second floor as well as the roof.

“It was a ground up restoration,” Brian Jacobs said.

The name Copper Falls comes from the signature copper waterfall sitting in the restaurant made by a local artist.

The owners say there is new parking and lighting at the end of the street, and they hope to attract customers from outside the area including areas to the south and east of Clinton.

Opening day was Thursday. Until Tuesday, hours will be 5-10 p.m. and closed on Mondays. Then after next Tuesday, Aug. 13, the restaurant will be open 11 a.m. - midnight Tuesday through Sunday.

For more information people can “like” Copper Falls on Facebook or call the supper club at 608-676-6158.

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