The Park Falls Gastropub LLC is owned and managed by 34+ 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. Our owners are unique individuals with their own personal beliefs, so as a group, the LLC has no political, religious, social, etc. position.
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 also have Wisconsin distilled spirits to our menu, but “mix” only a limited number of drinks – Gastropub Old Fashioned, Gastropub Manhattan, Northwoods Sunset, Mimosa, Bloody Mary, and margaritas during the summer. 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 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.
To place your order over the phone, call (715) 518-9108 after 4 pm.
Or order your pizza using our online store.
Check the event list below, or “Like” our Facebook page to track our events. We bring free live music to the Gastropub frequently.
Bringing in a group of 8 or more people? The upstairs lounge and the long tables in the bar are available to reserve for large groups/events.
Tuesday Talks are held when speakers are available. We bring a changing lineup of speakers to provide a wide variety of information. This event starts at 6:30 and ends by 7:30 so people who have to work the next day can get home early. Do you have a topic you would like to share? If can be very informal. Come in for supper with us before the talk starts!
Wednesday Open Mic starts at 7 weekly. Performers – sign up on the clipboard located to the right as you enter the Gastropub. 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.
Third Thursday Gastropub Trivia is held 7-8 pm on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Topics change. No electronic devices allowed. Work alone or in a team.
Second Saturday Sing Along/Karaoke runs from 9 to 11 on the 2nd Saturday of the month. We use 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. If you don’t perform on stage, expect to have other people sing with you.
Need a gig? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on scheduling & compensation. Join us for Wednessday Open Mic Night so we can check you out.
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 7 days a week. 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!
Hours: Sunday – Wednesday: Bar 4-10, Kitchen 4:30-9
Thursday: Bar 3-10, Kitchen 3-9
Friday: Bar 3-11, Kitchen 3-9
Saturday: Bar 4-11, Kitchen 4:30-9
If you want to hold a special event before our regular hours, please contact us to discuss your needs. We also have a small meeting room that may be used.
If you have special needs or are bringing in 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 staff heavy on traditionally light days.
We are closed for several holidays to allow our wonderful staff to spend time with family. They include:
New Year’s Day
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day