- It’s been 68 years since Les Paul played the first set on
opening night at Club 400.
Jan. 6, 1948, George and Ralph Polsfuss, Paul’s father and
brother, opened the Club 400 as a nightclub, taking the name of the
Soo Line locomotive No. 400 which chugged through the city each day.
owner Dan Pokwinski purchased the club from the estate in 1981 and
this weekend, he’ll be celebrating anniversaries for both himself
and the club by rolling prices back to what they were when he began
running the Waukesha landmark, 322 Williams St.
the doors open at Club 400 at 6 a.m. today, customers will take
a step back in time back to when they could buy a beer of a shot for
under a dollar.
rolling back the prices back to when I had it in ’81 and we’re
just moving up the prices as time goes by,” Pokwinski said.
means 50-cent shots and 25-cent taps on the same drinks Pokwinski
served customers there more than three decades ago. Those prices
will increase each hour throughout the day until they’re back at
celebration will continue into the evening when the Green Bay
Packers take on the Arizona Cardinals in the divisional round
of the NFL playoffs. Free food will be available at halftime, and
door prizes will be announced after the game.
years into ownership, Pokwinski plans to keep celebrating the
club’s history into the future.
did the 50th (anniversary) and then the 60th big, and now it’s the
68th,” he said. “Who knows, if I’m still around at (the) 75
(anniversary), we’ll do it big again. It’s just been a tradition.”