Villa at Heaven City will have a grand opening party
on Sunday at 5:30 p.m.
MUKWONAGO - The
Villa at Heaven City, S91-W27850 National Ave., is ready
to cut the blue ribbon for its grand opening on Sunday.
Chef and restaurant
operator Robert Klemm took ownership of the establishment in
June. Previously it was The Lakeside Supper Club and before that
Originally he was hired
as a consultant for the previous owner of Lakeside. He said, "I
fell in love with the place right off."
"The Villa is a classic
name with an old country home getaway feel. You have a chance to
get away from everyday life."
Klemm says the building
has a unique history. It was built in 1917 as a house. Gangster
AJ Moore converted it into a restaurant, motel, brothel, and
eventually a school.
"AJ Moore was an
interesting gentleman," said Klemm. "He was quite the clever
schemer with an old gangster heritage."
facade and interior has a vintage feel. The building
was built in 1917 and some of the original woodwork
and paint remains.
recounts, the cornfield behind the building used to be a
landing strip. He said, "When it was hot in Chicago and
the gangsters had to get out of there, they could land
here. They could meet young ladies for a drink." Moore
also performed marriages, believing in weddings by
contract. Klemm said, "Back then you would meet a nice
lady and get hitched. By the end of the weekend, the
contract was ripped up and the marriage was over."
Style and ambiance
"The past owners of
Lakeside and former Heaven City have their own following," Klemm
said. "We are looking to marry the two. We offer the two
extremes of high end classy Saturday nights and casual for
Friday night and Sunday lunches, a la carte items. They range
from $8 and up."
Klemm strives to make sure guests enjoy their meal
A house specialty
is the craft cocktails. He said, "Our Bloody Mary is a
huge 24-ounce drink, 10-inch skewer across it with
pickled vegetables, celery, cheese curds and grilled
ÊHe aspires for the place
to be classy, but not overly fancy. He said, "We offer quality
ingredients from local resources such as farmers markets." He
maintains relationships with local farmers and vendors.
ÊThe restaurant has eight
different dining spaces, including an outdoor patio. The décor
has a vintage feel with stained glass, original paint and
woodwork. There is a big atrium complete with a 100-year-old
"It is like an exotic
oasis," Klemm said. "I like it, it is cool."
The restaurant is a team
effort. Klemm said, "We have a strong team of guys. Jimmy Wade,
former chef and owner, will be helping. He is retired, but
wanted to come back and play."
Keys to his success
Klemm has been in the
restaurant business for 20 years. He finds giving a guest a
great experience the best part of his job. He said, "It doesn't
matter if you are offering service or food, we set ourselves
apart by creating an unique experience."
He loves the broad range
of clientele that comes through the doors. Customers include
foodies who want to learn about the business, first dates,
people who are celebrating anniversaries and much more. He said,
"We also have people who come down and shoot the breeze with the
Klemm's approach to
business is to stay rooted. He said, "If you have a good-quality
product consistently, treat people how you want to be treated,
it speaks for itself."
The grand opening kicks
off with a ribbon-cutting at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The 5 Card Studs
will be performing. There will be no food served on opening
night, but there will be complementary hors d'oeuvres. Klemm
said, "It is free music, free hors d'oeuvres, no cover fee and
discounted specialty drinks. Come, it will be a good time."