Tamara Schuett, Mike
Sommers, Karl Filipowicz and Noah Listle at the
front counter of Hoggin’ It BBQ, N50-W34959
Mike Sommers started grilling as a way to meet women in college.
Little did he know his grill
would become the key to his livelihood.
opened Hoggin’ It BBQ recently in Okauchee at N50-W34959
Wisconsin Ave. He’s promising good food and a great atmosphere,
all at a reasonable price.
Enterprise spoke to him about why he wanted to open a BBQ
restaurant and what he likes most about his restaurant.
What made you want to open a BBQ restaurant in Okauchee?
family had been coming out and boating on Okauchee Lake since
the late ’80s, so this area always gravitated towards my family
What can visitors expect from your restaurant?
coming to the restaurant, our expectations are that one finds a
warm, friendly, differently decorated, and family orientated
place. A place where someone is well fed at a reasonable price
with food that is fresh, delicious, and a bit off the normal
dining experience in this area.
What would you say is the best part about Hoggin’ It?
difficult to say, obviously the food we offer is different than
most other menus in the area, the decor is not the norm; kind of
an homage to the military and the Brewers. Our selection of beer
and soda is one of the most unique in Lake Country; with the
exception of two flavors of bottled soda our entire selection of
beer and soda (bottle and tap) is all made in Wisconsin. Plus
the staff, while a very small crew, are extremely knowledgeable,
friendly, and dedicated, most of these individuals I personally
sought out to hire because they possessed those qualities.
did you want to open up in Okauchee?
initially looked in Watertown to open, but it just never panned
out. While searching for a store front my father suggested
looking in Okauchee, which I did, and found the perfect location
at present, plus my parents have a house there so that made the
choice to look out this way that much easier.
did you start grilling out?
SOMMERS: When I
was in college at (the University of Wisconsin—) Whitewater my
friends and roommates would get together and grill out in our
front yard as a way to meet women so that was my initial
introduction into the smoking world. I worked at a Famous Dave’s
while going through school also, and feel in love with the
style, that’s where it started.
What makes your BBQ the best in Oconomowoc?
leave that up to the masses to decide, I do believe with all
honesty that we have the closest to southern style BBQ in the
area though. We didn’t add BBQ to our menu, BBQ IS our menu.
What’s one thing you’d like everyone to know about Hoggin’ It?
we are passionate about what we do, our food is authentic, and
the atmosphere inviting. Plus we will keep you well fed at a