VIDEO | West Bend Sausage Plus is open for business



August 31, 2018 – West Bend, WI – It’s been a long time coming for neighbors in West Bend who have patiently waited for West Bend Sausage Plus to open.

Ben Houle, 31, is the new owner of the local meat market, 1435 W. Washington Street.

“We have the best cuts of meat, a wide variety of homemade salads and dips and desserts and of course we’ll have the best Friday fish fries and ham and rolls on Sunday,” Houle said.



Houle began his career at Karl’s Country Market in Menomonee Falls and then Burbachs Meat Market at 53rd and Hampton in Milwaukee. He also lived in Texas and worked at a small shop that made sausage.

“I’ve been waiting for this opportunity for a long time,” Houle said. “I want to bring this place back to what it was when Ries’s were here and then add some of my own special touches.”

Houle will carry local products including locally-made cheese, Steinke’s Gourmet Popcorn from Mayville, and Meis Breading products from Barton.


“I’ll have a lot of Kewaskum Frozen Foods,” he said. “We’ll have a full deli, full meat counter, a sandwich maker and the deli will have broasted chicken, mashed potatoes, Friday fish fry and Sunday we’ll have hot ham and rolls.”

West Bend Sausage Plus will be open:  Mon – Thursday 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday  9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

West Bend Sausage Plus has an Original Class A Combination liquor license.

It was February 2018 when Ries’ Sausage Plus Spirits Meat & Deli closed.

On a side note: Watch for new signs to go up on the building’s facade in the coming weeks.

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  1. This is great news that the store is reopening. We will be visiting the store for sure the next time we come to West Bend. Congratulations on the opening and wishing then the greatest of success in their venture.

  2. did you work on 53rd and Hampton when it was called Andy’s. I used to buy his pepper sticks and sell them over the bar. if you have the resipie try and make them. you will make some money

  3. This is great news! Small markets with fresh, daily-made foods are my favorite. I know many were disappointed when Ries’s closed. It was painful to watch their inventory reduction – the writing was on the wall.

    For those of us who don’t fill shopping carts and plan meals for weeks at a time, small markets are a delight. Just grab a basket and decide what’s for lunch, dinner, or a few meals in the days ahead as you gaze the many delightful choices that require little to no preparation! Busy parents can also switch up their plans and grab what they need for a perfect meal in minutes.

    I’m convinced Mr. Houle’s energy and expertise, along with that of his team, will make his new store even better than what was so popular in the past. Thanks, Mr. Houle, and I will see you soon!

  4. lots of descriptive stuff and colorful language in your report. You didn’t mention anything about prices or price points in general. I’m planning a visit to the store today, and hope prices don’t disappoint.

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