The Park Falls Gastropub LLC is owned and managed by 32+ community members (current, seasonal and past) who wanted a place to gather over good food and craft beer to listen to good music and visit. We actively work together, with monthly meetings and frequent email messages, to keep improving on what we have created, and we have more planned as funds and time allow.
We feature craft beer on tap – mostly Wisconsin beer, but we do include some from Minnesota and Michigan. We feature Von Stiehl wine, made in the oldest winery in Wisconsin. We recently added Wisconsin distilled spirits to our menu, but do not “mix” drinks. We’ll sell you a shot (or two) and a mixer to mix your own.
For food, we source locally/regionally to a large extent, using high quality products and making most of our food from scratch. We buy Wisconsin cheese that we grate ourselves. Our large square medium crusts are purchased from Valerie Mae’s, with Jacob making them from fine ingredients.
Our unofficial motto is “Enter a stranger, leave a friend”. We hope you come in to check us out and become one of our family.
In the early 1900’s our building was the “Soo Hotel”, owned by Peter Wilcott. It began as a boarding house located in Triangle Park, near the depot. Emil Vuchetich, an immigrant from Lipice, Croatia (Yugoslavia) moved to Park Falls in 1918, where he worked as an independent logger before purchasing the Soo Hotel at public auction for $275. At a cost of $600, he used 30 horses to move the structure from Triangle Park to its current location on Highway 13. Emil, along with his sons Frank, Michael, Karl, John, and Lawrence operated “Vicihy’s Bar’ from 1921 to 1965. We still have the tin ceilings and walls, wainscoting, school house lights, and wooden floors for those days. His wife, Marica, along with her daughters Margaret, Jennie, Mary and Helen operated a boarding house out of the “house” attached to the back of the bar
The Vuchetich family has stories to tell of converting grapes to sell during Prohibition and encounters with gangsters. We’re hoping to get some of those stories in writing to add to this page.
In 2006, Mary Vuchetich sold the property to Gregory Broome, who planned on opening a Chinese restaurant. His plans (and his partner) changed, with Greg finally opening the Chequamegon Canoe Club in 2011. The CCC was intended to be a coffee house that also served craft beer, but the coffee house idea wasn’t doing as well as the craft beer and bistro-style meals, so the coffee went away. Eventually, the CCC became a beer, pizza, soup and sandwich place that had live music on occasion. Greg’s big personality brought the place alive and made everyone feel welcome. Unfortunately, Greg closed the doors and walked away in January 2015, leaving a big hole in the lives of his customers.
The Park Falls Gastropub LLC purchased the property from Greg on June 23, 2016 and spent several months cleaning, painting and refurbishing the property. We decided to highlight the history of the building. When you enter the Gastropub, you will see the original tin ceilings and walls, original wainscoting, school house lights, and wooden floors. We opened to sell beverages on September 17, 2016, with food being added in November. 2016. We have a 5-year plan for continued improvements, so keep visiting us to see what is new.
As a nod to the past, you will find pictures of the Vichy’s and Chequamegon Canoe Club eras on our walls. Check them out.
We routinely carry:
South Shore Nut Brown
New Glarus Spotted Cow
Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
Plus 4 other regional craft beers – an IPA and a dark (such as stout, porter, scotch ale), and then maybe a medium (such as red, amber, brown), a light or a seasonal. Check the sign board in the Gastropub for the craft beer currently on tap. Some of our craft beers are only available in goblets and/or at higher prices.
We now have Wisconsin distilled craft spirits. (Choices will vary.) We have found these spirits to be very smooth and flavorful. We do not “mix” drinks, but will sell you mix if you want to mix your spirits with one of the sodas or juices that are available for purchase. Sorry, we do not serve condiments. We suggest you sample your chosen spirit before adding anything to it. We welcome your comments so we can continue improving.
1. Ask for your glass:
Sipper (4 oz. taster glass); Short (7.5 oz. rocks glass), or Tall (16 oz. pint glass)
2. Ask for On the Rocks (ice) or Straight Up (no ice/neat)
3. Ask for the quantity of spirts you want:
Single (1.25 oz.) or Double (2.5 oz.)
4. Ask for the brand/type of spirits you want. See list for availability and price for a single. Add $4 for a double.
5. Ask for the mix you want, if any. Mix is sold as soda/juice in cans/bottles for $1. 7-Up/Diet 7-Up, Coke, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Soda Water, Squirt/Diet Squirt, Tonic Water
Cranberry Cocktail, Orange Juice, Spicy V-8, Tomato Juice, Bloody Mary Mix
Prices are for a small thin & crispy crust that serves 2. Add $6 for a large rising crust that serves at least 4. Our pizzas feature local/regional ingredients, with most having 5 types of Wisconsin cheese that we shred onsite. We make our sauce and sausage to our taste, which means they do not have a heavy Italian flavor. Based on the feedback we have received, you will not be disappointed if you try our pizza.
Personalize With These Pizza Toppings
(Additional cost per ingredient)
Bacon, Canadian Bacon, Chicken, Ground Beef, Pepperoni, Pork Sausage, Smoked Pork, Roast Beef – $3 on a small pizza; $4.50 on a large pizza
Black Beans, Capers, Jalapenos, Mushrooms, Olives (Black, Green, or Kalamata), Onion, Pineapple, Salsa (mild, medium or hot), Sweet Bell Peppers, Tomatoes (dried or fresh) – $1 on a small pizza; $1.50 on a large pizza
Sandwiches and wraps are served with Sweet and Tangy Pepper Slaw and pickles. Or substitute corn chips & salsa, potato chips, or burracho beans. Sour cream is available upon request.
Tired of taco pizzas? This pizza brings the flavor of the Southwest without being boring. It feature lightly seasoned browned ground beef, black beans, a unique sweet & spicy salsa, onions, sweet bell peppers, and tortilla strips, topped with cheddar cheese and our 3-cheese blend topping cheese.
Better than the usual Northwoods pizza, our Classic Italian starts with sauce made with fresh Roma tomatoes, topped with thick-cut gourmet pepperoni, pork sausage that we season for just the right flavor, onions, sweet bell peppers, and 5 types of cheese. Delicious!
A nice, light pizza for summer when ordered on the small thin & crispy crust. Prosciutto, Feta cheese, grapes, basil and a drizzle of balsamic reduction.
We smoke our pork, then slow cook it and pull it to remove the fat. Get it as a full sandwich or as a slider. Frank makes our house BBQ sauce. Yum.
Place your order over the phone!
After 4 p.m daily, call (715) 518-9108
Or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
and follow up with a phone to confirm order
and arrange your pick-up time.
Purchase a gift card at the Gastropub in any denomination or purchase an e-gift card at the following link.
Check the event list below, or “Like” our Facebook page to track our events. We bring free live music to the Gastropub frequently. Tuesday Talks are a new event that brings a changing lineup of speakers to provide a wide variety of information. This event starts at 6:30 so people who have to work the next day can get home early. Come in for supper with us before the talk starts!
Join us for our 3rd Annual Oktoberfest. Food and music start at 2 pm on Saturday, September 22. We’ll be serving a special menu of ribs smoked onsiite by Kevin Schmidt, brats & kraut (hot dogs for kids) and Reuben pizzas, and soft pretzels. Limited quantities, so come early!
2-6 pm Family-Friendly Events/Oktoberfest Games
2-3 pm – Max Marvin
3-4 pm – Len Schmidt
4-5 pm – Max Marvin
5-6 pm – Len Schmidt
6-8 pm – Kristiana Karshna
8-10 pm – Eric Bestul and Friends
Bringing in a group of 8 or more people? Interested in reserving table(s) for your group? Contact us at (715) 518-9108.
If you perform on stage, ask for a ticket to enter a monthly drawing for a free pizza.
Open Mic performers – sign up on the clipboard located to the right as you enter the Gastropub. Max runs open mic so please work with him. Each performer gets to do 3-4 songs for 15-20 minutes. If there is time, you may be allowed to do more at the end, or there could be a jam session. We have guitars, a banjo and a ukulele that you may use. We also have a keyboard but need 24 hours notice to set it up.
Karaoke/Sing Along uses Karafun, so you can go online to browse their catalog for possible song choices. Perform on stage, sing from your seat, or ask for a group sing along.
Everyone who performs on stage will be entered into a monthly drawing for a free pizza.
Need a gig? Call (715) 518-9108 and ask for Gail to call you for more information on scheduling & compensation.
Join us for Open Mic Night every week on Wednesday
124 4th Avenue South
Park Falls, Wisconsin
After you sign up as a customer of the Gastropub, add the following email to your contacts so you receive emails from us with discounts and updates: email@example.com
We are open at 4 pm daily. Although we have posted closing times, this is to guarantee we will be open until then. If you want to stay a bit later, we often can, too!
Cooks are scheduled 4:30 – 9:30 daily. Our bartenders should be able to make you something if a cook isn’t on.
If you have special needs or are bringing a group, it is always good to call first so we can make arrangements to accommodate you as we try to keep costs down by not scheduling heavy on traditionally light days.
We are closed for several holidays. They include:
New Year’s Day
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day