Previous owner aims to reopen Oskar’s in Lacey

Staff writerMay 8, 2014 

In this file photo from 2008, owner Tess Millar carries a fresh, hot bratwurst out to the dining area for customer Becky Fischer and her one year-old, Evyn after the Monday lunch rush at Oskar's German Delicatessen in Lacey.

STEVE BLOOM/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER — The Olympian Buy Photo

Peggy Scott, who for more than 14 years ran Oskar’s German and European Deli in Lacey, announced this week that she wants to resurrect the business, possibly in the same location. The business closed in August.

Scott wants to bring back the business because she’s been hearing from customers who miss the restaurant, but she’d also like to reopen it in the memory of her husband, Roger Dean Scott, who passed away April 17. He was 63.

She said her husband loved the business and worked hard at making potato salad, one of the more popular items at the restaurant.

Oskar’s used to sell 140 to 200 pounds of potato salad a week, Scott said.

But she also is looking for a little help. She turned 74 on Wednesday, so she’d like the assistance of a business partner.

Scott said she’s willing to provide her expertise, recipes, decorations and “my smiling face every day” for about 18 months and then she’d like to retire, leaving the business partner to run things.

Scott has a longtime background in jewelry sales and ran Oskar’s for about 14 years. She also has experience as a home health care aide and as a certified nursing assistant.

“That’s not where my heart is,” she said. “I want my store back.”

Oskar’s dates to the early 1960s, but it didn’t officially become Oskar’s until 1968. That’s when Oskar and Lydia Weiss, Germans who had previously lived in Romania, took over the business, said Renate Koenig, their daughter, who clarified the history of the business in an email sent to The Olympian last month.

“My mother and father took over the deli in September 1968 from people who had started it, I believe, shortly before,” Koenig said. “My daughter was six weeks old, so it’s really easy for me to remember the time. My younger brother and I both worked in the deli at different times. My brother also took over the running of the store for a time, before it was finally sold.”

After Scott ran the business, she sold it to Tess Millar, of Olympia. Millar bought the business in October 2012 and it closed in August 2013.

Two months later, Millar filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Washington.

The filing shows that Millar had total assets of about $300,000 and total liabilities of about $666,000. She could not be reached for comment.

Millar told The Olympian in October 2012 that she became familiar with Oskar’s because she used to manage the former state liquor store next door.

Oskar’s was based in Market Square, a shopping center in Lacey anchored by Fred Meyer.

For those interested in working with Scott, she can be reached at peggyjean72@gmail.com.

Rolf Boone: 360-754-5403
rboone@theolympian.com

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