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Broken Brick finds its niche: Main Street dining room finds clientele with Friday, Saturday night meals

NEW ENGLAND -- It has taken a couple years, but the Broken Brick has found its niche. The small restaurant in New England has been in operation for five years, but recently, the dining room has started to gain recognition for its surf-and-turf di...

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Press Photo by Andrew Brown The homey interior of the Broken Brick in New England, a restaurant that serves steak, shrimp and walleye every weekend.

NEW ENGLAND - It has taken a couple years, but the Broken Brick has found its niche.
The small restaurant in New England has been in operation for five years, but recently, the dining room has started to gain recognition for its surf-and-turf dinners on Friday and Saturday nights.
Patti Juliano, the owner of Broken Brick, said the business, which was initially a deli for New England residents, has transformed into a popular destination for couples and dinner parties searching for good food in southwest North Dakota.
The restaurant, which is located in a quaint little building on the south end of Main Street, has lured hungry patrons by offering a delicious but simplistic menu of steak, walleye, shrimp and a medley of homemade sides.
While Juliano’s hope of operating a deli wasn’t as popular as she had hoped, she said the creation of the steak and seafood dinners on weekends has been more popular than she expected.
“The steak thing took off instantly,” Juliano said.
With juicy rib-eye steak, walleye and shrimp on the menu every weekend, the unassuming restaurant has attracted larger and larger crowds.
“I do all the preparing,” she said, adding that it takes her several days to prepare the entrees, sides and dessert for the weekend crowds.
Nearly everything that Juliano serves in her restaurant is homemade, she said, including the fresh baked bread, the potato salad and the decadent cheesecake.
Juliano said she also creates specialty desserts on occasion, like the peanut butter cheesecake with an Oreo crust she served on Valentines Day.
“It went like wildfire,” she said.
She also prepares several homemade soups every week, including classics stews and more unique recipes like stuffed pepper soup.
“Everybody’s favorite is the tomato dill,” she said.
Juliano said she cuts every rib-eye steak by hand, which ensures that the steaks are large enough to satisfy the hungriest of customers.
She said the steaks often hang off the plates they are served on, but that goes with her intention of making the restaurant a popular location for people looking for a reasonably-priced meal in a nice setting.
“There’s never a steak under 12 ounces,” Juliano said.
While the Broken Brick has had to close down its lunch operations because of staff limitations, Juliano said the weekend dinners have done really well.
Over the holidays, Juliano said, she hosted several Christmas parties, and on Valentines Day weekend, she said she served somewhere around 100 people, including a case and a half of walleye in two days.
Juliano also offers catering services for anniversaries and weddings.
While the restaurant isn’t as high profile as some other restaurants in the region, Juliano said she often draws dinner parties from Dickinson and other locations throughout southwest North Dakota.
“Everybody likes the atmosphere,” Juliano said. “People say they feel relaxed here.”
The restaurant includes a small wine bar, cushioned window seating and a wood-trimmed brick interior that gives off a homey feeling.
The menu is simple and straight to the point, but Juliano said she hasn’t heard any complaints by customers.
The business has been such a hit, Juliano said she has considered expanding the home-cooked offerings by adding rotisserie chicken and Cornish game hens.

Brown is a regional reporter for The Dickinson Press. Contact him at 701-456-1206 and follow him on Twitter at Andy_Ed_Brown.

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Press Photo by Andrew Brown The unassuming exterior of the Broken Brick is shown on Main Street, a restaurant in New England that is quickly becoming popular for its surf and turf dinners.

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