Chaz Hastings behind the bar of
The Golden Anchor.
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff
DELAFIELD — Chaz Hastings said the recently renovated
Golden Anchor restaurant has a new menu, new ceiling,
new floor, new barstools, a new sound system and is all
ready to reopen — but that won’t happen until he gets a
new liquor license from the Town Board.
The restaurant, located at N26-W30227 Maple Ave. on
Pewaukee Lake, was known as Dylon’s Steakhouse until
late last year when Hastings and business partner Josh
Neureuther took over the site.
|“I’m just praying
that it happens because it is financially really hurtful
if I have to go 45 more days,” he said, “because if this
doesn’t hit, I will be in a world of hurt.” -Chaz
The license was expected to be discussed at Tuesday’s
board meeting, but conversation was abruptly ended after
it was realized the restaurant did not yet have a
conditional use permit to operate within the building,
which is needed before a liquor license can even be
Hastings will now have to go before the Plan Commission
on Tuesday to request the conditional use permit, and
then return to the Town Board on April 14 to once again
seek the liquor license, according to Town
Clerk/Treasurer Mary Elsner. She said a public hearing
will also be scheduled for the April board meeting to
hear from citizens on the license.
As for the conditional use permit, Elsner said after
next week’s meeting it is out of the town’s hands.
“What will happen is the Plan Commission will give
recommendations to (Waukesha County),” she said,
“because that is what the county is asking for, but it
is really up to the county because that is all in the
Same place, new face
Hastings said he officially closes on the building
today, but has spent the last several months returning
the Golden Anchor to the nautical themes that
highlighted the restaurant’s location and its original
run before it was turned into Dylon’s.
“If you walked in today, you would not recognize the
place — It looks beautiful,” he said. “The residents of
Waukesha County are going to love this place.”
The Golden Anchor features
views of Pewaukee Lake.
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff
The restaurant now
features a faux-tin ceiling to go along with decorative
ductwork and a collection of artifacts that once adorned
the walls of the first Golden Anchor.
Already the owner of a Harley-Davidson dealership in
Milwaukee and other restaurants across southeastern
Wisconsin, Hastings said he also has the original anchor
from the old restaurant and hopes to incorporate it into
an outdoor sign, but not until after the business is up
He said the restaurant will feature a new menu built
around seafood and steak with prices that will allow
people to come back more than once per month.
“We want it to be the kind of place you can afford to
come more than just on special occasions,” he said. “We
think with our new menu and pricing, we will hit that
The new Golden Anchor also includes a new bar and
kitchen equipment and other local items from the
collections of Neureuther and head chef Dennis Stukel.
“What people are going to see out there is some really
cool stuff,” he said.
‘I’m just praying that it happens’
Outside of the conditional use permit and liquor
license, Hastings said he has done everything else
necessary to make the restaurant ready to open.
But given the money spent on acquiring the building and
completing renovations on a restaurant that can’t open,
Hastings said a resolution can’t come soon enough.
“I’m just praying that it happens because it is
financially really hurtful if I have to go 45 more
days,” he said, “because if this doesn’t hit, I will be
in a world of hurt.”
The restaurant is fully stocked and associates have been
hired, but are on standstill until the restaurant can
And as for when that might be?
“If they give us the conditional use (permit) on the
31st next week,” Hastings said, “and then we get through
(the Town Board meeting on April) 14th — we would open