Bartender Traci Hansen of
Hartford fills a drink Friday afternoon for a customer at
Link’s Hideaway II in Kewaskum. The business opened in early
KEWASKUM - The owners of Link’s Hideaway in
Jackson, Rick Rosche and Mary Steege, weren’t looking to
expand their business and open a new location until they
came across an advertisement for a bar for lease in
“Mary is the
no person,” Rosche said of his business partner and significant
other. “It’s always no, no, no. Mary read an ad ‘bar for lease
in Kewaskum.’ I said we can put bartenders in there and make a
living, so we came here.”
they decided to give it a shot and opened Link’s Hideaway II,
215 Main St, in August .
Rosche and Steege to the bar was the decor. Steege said it’s an
up-north look featuring exposed wood beams, a wood bar and
hardwood floors. Not to mention the inside of Link’s Hideaway II
resembles a cabin.
the owner was living in the back, but decided to move into
assisted living in Sheboygan to be closer to her children.
“That gave us
the opportunity to open the back area. It’s all dining,” Steege
said. “There’s a sun room. It made it into a nice cozy
Link’s Hideaway II features burgers, sandwiches and a fish fry
on Friday. It is famous for its burgers including the western
burger, the original burger and the patty melt. Rosche said he
will serve steak Saturdays in Kewaskum .
Steege have 45 years of experience in the restaurant business
between them, but opening a second location came with
“Oh my God,
the hours,” Rosche said. “We were working 16 hours a day in
Jackson together. Now we work 16 hours together and apart, so
it’s 32 hours in a day for us.”
opening up a second location ‘cause you never know. There’s so
many ‘what ifs,’” Rosche added. “Our biggest fear is we turn the
lights on and unlock the door and nobody walks in.”
been the case because Rosche said the community response has
been great and it was the customers who asked the owners to open
“We’ve been in
our Jackson location for almost three years now and we get a lot
of customers from this area ‘Why don’t you put a Link’s in West
Bend, Kewaskum and Campbellsport. Just come up by us, we always
have to drive to Jackson,’” Steege said.
all the people that came from Jackson to this area it gives you
a good feeling that they are happy we are here. We did it for
our customers in a sense,” Steege added.