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“I always loved sports, and I played them all. Yet while I was good enough to get on the court or field, I was never good enough to start.”

In social conversation, few words are easier to dismiss than a person’s account of how great they were at something back in the day. But not good enough to start? Who says this in an interview?

“I knew I always wanted to open a restaurant, and was waiting for the right time. I think I have the right idea for what this space is calling for.”

This guy is Kevin Scharpf and, for him, the right time was February 10, 2015. The corner of Washington and 10th in The Schmid Innovation Center, below the CARADCO Lofts in the Historic Millwork District of downtown Dubuque, was calling for Brazen Open Kitchen | Bar.

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Richard G. Shaluly and Melanie Devaney
Richard G. Shaluly is a Southern boy, but he claims that he hasn't missed a beat when it comes to finding warm hospitality and good down-home cooking right here in the Midwest. He has never backed down from a good-looking cheeseburger, but he has also enjoyed getting to the bottom of mouth-watering dishes in cozy spots from California to the Caribbean. His passion for Middle Eastern cuisine keeps him always willing to follow the sound of the adventurous dinner bell, dive in deep, and try something new. Melanie Devaney lives in Epworth. In her ‘other life’ as a singer-songwriter, she has traveled all over the country, as well as in Europe, discovering many delicious meals along the way. With an emphasis on maintaining an overall healthy diet, Melanie strives to find the perfect balance between tasty and nutritious. As a Dubuque County native, Melanie is delighted to see so many new, high-quality restaurants opening throughout the area.

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