DSC00277Chef Tyler Sailsbery and co-worker Sarah Smith of the very successful The Black Sheep restaurant in Whitewater have launched a new restaurant – Casual Joe’s – a food court restaurant located in the Wausau Center Mall in Wausau, WI.

Recently, Tyler and Sarah – Team Casual Joe’s – competed against Team Wrap Trap on the Food Network. The ultimate challenge was to see which team could realize the highest profits during a timed selling session. Team Wrap Trap created healthy salads and wraps, while Team Casual Joe’s created Wisconsin comfort food – macaroni and cheese with bacon, brats and barbeque. Over a five-day period, filming twelve hours per day, the one-hour televised competition showcased some mouthwatering selections, and Team Casual Joe’s was the hands-down winner. The prize includes a free one-year lease at Wausau Center Mall to get the restaurant up and running.

Chef Tyler Sailsbery has found great success with his gourmet restaurant, The Black Sheep, and was looking to branch out to a more casual venue. Black Sheep waitress Sarah Smith was looking to further her hospitality career and thus, the idea for Casual Joe’s was born. They contacted the Food Network and applied to be competitors on Food Court Wars.

Casual Joe’s opened on Monday, July 22 at the Wausau Center Mall. “I’m doing a bit of  traveling right now – up to Wausau to assist Sarah as she launches this new endeavor, and then back to Whitewater to lead The Black Sheep,” said Sailsbery. “It’s pretty crazy right now!”

Casual Joe’s can be found at the Wausau Center Mall – 262-458-8881 – www.casualjoes.com.

The Black Sheep is located at 210 W. Whitewater Street in Whitewater – 262-458-4751 – www.eatatblacksheep.com.

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Chef Tyler Sailsbery and co-worker Sarah Smith competing on the Food Network’s Food Court Wars

 

Chef Tyler Sailsbery, owner of The Black Sheep gourmet restaurant in Whitewater

Chef Tyler Sailsbery, owner of The Black Sheep gourmet restaurant in Whitewater

Team Casual Joe's and Team Wrap Trap on the Food Network's Food Court Wars

Team Casual Joe’s and Team Wrap Trap on the Food Network’s Food Court Wars