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 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 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 usually have New Holland Dragon’s Milk on tap, available in a goblet for $6 or taster for $3.
We feature 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. Get $1 off soda/juice when purchased with spirits.
Prices are for a small thin & crispy crust that serves 2-3. Add $3 for a small rising crust. Need to serve 4? Ask for a large thin crust for an additional $4 or a large rising crust for an additional $5
Need Gluten Free or want to go lighter? Get one of the following on a GF cauliflower/broccoli/cheddar crust – cheese or veggie – for the same price as as 12″ pizza, or get a broccoli & cheddar cheese for $14.99.
Planning to bring a large group? We can make a large rectangular rising crust pizza that serve 5-6 each for $8 more than a thin 12″ crust. Our pizzas feature local/regional ingredients, with most having 5 types of Wisconsin cheese that we shred onsite so there are no fillers or preservatives added. 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, Prosciutto, Sausage, Spicy Sausage – $3 on a small pizza; $4.50 on a large pizza
Black Beans, Capers, Cucumbers, Jalapenos, Mushrooms, Olives, Onion, Pepperoncini, Pineapple, Salsa, Sweet Bell Peppers, Tomatoes (sundried or fresh) – $1 on a small pizza; $1.50 on a large pizza
Sandwiches are baked, not grilled. They are served with pickles and your choice of corn chips & salsa, potato chips, or BBQ beans. Substitute a cup of soup for $1.50
Check our Chef Creations du Jour for pizza, sandwiches, pasta, soup, sides and desserts. These our items created by our Chefs, with each available until gone.
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 (Not so) 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!
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 6:30 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.
First Friday Gastropub Trivia is held 9 – 10 pm on the 1st Friday 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 at 4 pm daily, 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!
Our chefs are scheduled 4 -8 pm Sunday – Thursday and 4-9 Friday and Saturday. If you know you will arrive close to the time the chef is scheduled to leave, you can call ahead to see if they can stay. Most of the time they will. Our bartenders should be able to make you something if a cook isn’t on.
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 heavy on traditionally light days.
We are closed for several holidays. They include:
New Year’s Day
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day