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Restaurant Business is Our Family Business

Beloit residents and visitors can enjoy fine dining fare at casual dining prices as two longtime business partners open the Liberty House Grill and Whiskey & Wine Cellar.

Benny Useni and Ilir Banushi have a half-century of restaurant experience combined under their belts, but they wouldn’t be where they are today without the dedicated staff across the duo’s eight restaurants.

“We’re excited to be here,” Banushi said. “The community’s been very welcoming. We’re excited to start a new venture. It’s always a challenge, but it’s a challenge we’re ready for. Our track record has proven that.”

The menu features Wisconsin-produced steaks, house-made pastas; a range of seafood; gourmet burgers made popular at the Whiskey Ranch locations in Janesville and Delavan, along with signature wraps and sandwiches. Classic favorites like fresh fried chicken, calf liver and onions with bacon, slow-cooked ribs and pork chops will also make their way onto the menu.

“The menu is fit for all ages and all types of tastes,” Useni said. “We want to be able to cater to everyone. We don’t want to be exclusive. We don’t have expectations for people to be in a suit and tie. We want people who come here in Levi’s and a flannel to be just as at home as that person in a suit. We’re focused on being open for everyone so they can find something to love about what we do. Our comfort zone is casual dining at fine dining quality without that high cost associated with fine dining.”

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"We're excited to be here!"

The pair also oversee operations at Whiskey Ranch locations in Janesville and Delavan, along with Citrus Cafe in Janesville; and Edgerton businesses Cafe On Main, Two Brothers Pub, Lounge 1848 and Red Baron.