Husband-and-wife owners David and Marie Knuth hold their daughter, Sophia, in front of their restaurant.
Husband-and-wife owners David and Marie Knuth hold their daughter, Sophia, in front of their restaurant.

   Under previous owners, downtown eatery Fat Bruce’s was known best for its paninis, salads and bakery.

   But today, the restaurant at 221 Watson St. has a new name and a new mission, while aiming to retain the best of what made Fat Bruce’s a destination.

   Though purchased by David and Marie Knuth several months ago, the restaurant is undergoing a transformation this month.

   Now known as “Knuth Brewing Company Food  and Brew,” the site soon will offer something no one else in Ripon can boast: its own, home-brewed beers.

   “We finally, just yesterday, the state called and said they dropped our permit in the mail ... That’s really what I’m excited about,” David Knuth said. “[Now] we’re Knuth Brewing Company — we’re not Fat Bruce’s anymore. I think going forward, that’s the real vision. A brewery that is a local brewery that people can identify with.”

   At Knuth Brewing Company, homemade beers will be paired with new menu options, such as wood-fire pizzas, as well as old favorites, including paninis and salads.

   But for David, it’s always been about the brewery. That’s what sparked his dream, though he’s better known for his work in restaurants.

Read the full story in the July 2, 2015 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.