A Twin Peaks
Skillet waits to be served at Papa Stache Pub & Eatery
as Chef Phil Bischoff works on another dish in the
BIG BEND - Just
like Ralph Llanas has his own style, so does his
restaurant and bar Papa Stache Pub & Eatery on Big Bend
Since buying and
opening the business almost three years ago, Llanas has
redone the interior of the longtime bar by adding wood
paneling to the side from an old pasture fence found on
his property to a whole new kitchen in the basement.
building at W228-S9300 Big Bend Drive, there are themes,
such as the old-timey look to reflect the tucked away
bar that Llanas found in the basement, which he believes
at one point was used as an after-hours, speakeasy sort
of bar. There's also moustaches.
The name Papa
Stache came from Llanas's nickname given him by a friend
of one of his kids years ago. He said sometimes they'd
struggle to say Mr. and Mrs. Llanas so one day he was
called Papa Stache and it stuck.
remembered that. I thought it was cute," he said.
The Big Sexy Burger at
Papa Stache is topped with bacon, Swiss, cheddar, jack
cheese, jalapeno, jack straw onions, and signature Big
Sexy Sauce on a toasted bun.
Several years ago
when Llanas and his wife, Dr. Mary Llanas, found
themselves empty-nesters, he started to look for a new
opportunity. With his real estate broker hat on, Llanas
said he decided to purchase the restaurant property that
had been a tavern since about 1925.
He said he loved
the location on 13 acres that included Mill Pond.
"I wanted to give
the Big Bend community something they could enjoy," he
While Llanas has
already renovated the interior and parts of the
exterior, he just recently put in a new parking lot that
expands from 15 to 20 spaces to 84 spaces. He wants to
bring back weddings and special events to the space,
which includes a grassy area along the pond. In that
area, there are already picnic tables and a place for
bonfires. People even cast their fishing lines from the
Papa Stache Pub & Eatery
reflects the nickname owner Ralph Llanas was given by
one of his kidsí childhood friends.
Upscale menu, local
When it came to
creating a menu, Llanas was inspired by what he loves to
cook at home and assembled dishes that have an upscale
pub food vibe with local ingredients. The menu includes
the Big Sexy Burger that is topped with bacon, Swiss,
cheddar, jack cheese, jalapeno, jack straw onions, and
signature Big Sexy Sauce on a toasted bun. There's also
the Skillet Mac & Cheese with three cheese pasta loaded
in a packed skillet with andouille sausage and bacon,
then baked to golden perfection. The menu also includes
salads, pizza and appetizers, such as the Little Italy,
which is house-made fries loaded with sauteed garlic
pepperoni, marinara, mozzarella and parmesan cheese,
fresh basil, and topped with a balsamic glaze.
Llanas has many little and big things he'd like to do
for Papa Stache, including adding a wine night and a
hitching post outside for horses. (He has even been
known to ride his horse three miles from his Muskego
home to work.) For those with furry four-legged
companions, a kennel is already set up outside.
"It's a great
place to unwind and grab some food," Llanas said.
Papa Stache Pub & Eatery is located on 13 acres that
include Mill Pond at W228-S9300 Big Bend Drive.
It's also a
welcoming place for veterans, law enforcement and others
who serve the community, he said, adding he likes to
support community events and groups.
In just a few
years, Llanas said, Papa Stache has grown faster than he
had thought it would and he has had to increase the
staff from four to 18 employees.
he's enjoying bringing happiness to the community.
"Some of the
old-timers missed how much fun it used to be and are
enjoying it again," he said of the old tavern.
Papa Stache Pub & Eatery
W228-S9300 Big Bend Drive, Big Bend
10 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. to bar time