The interior of Club 400. Owner Dan Pokwinski has sold
the historic bar to Jimmy Lindenberg,
who plans to retain its character.
Freeman file photo
WAUKESHA — Jimmy Lindenberg is only one step removed
from Les Paul and his family since he bought legendary
Club 400 on Friday.
Lindenberg started as a customer at the bar at 322
Williams St., then became a bartender almost two years
ago and took ownership last week when longtime owner Dan
Pokwinski decided to sell.
Prior to Pokwinski, Club 400 was owned and operated by
Les Paul’s father and brother, George and Ralph Polsfuss,
respectively. About 36 years ago, Pokwinski, who was
then 23, aspired to do something different after working
at an accounting firm following graduation from Carroll
University (then Carroll College). He remembered Club
400 as the “Cheers”-like tavern where he went to play
cards with his friends from college and noted that it
was for sale. So, after obtaining a loan from a nearby
bank, he purchased the bar from the estate.
he announced earlier this year he was looking to sell
Club 400, Pokwinski said he preferred a buyer who would
be interested in preserving the history of the
Lindenberg is that guy.
said he felt running the bar was a perfect for fit for
him because he lives nearby and he wants to continue its
the new Club 400 owner, Lindenberg said he intends to
keep it much the same so even longtime customers might
not notice the change in ownership. He may make a few
improvements, but will keep the character.
is neat too that there have really been only three
owners of the bar,” he said. “(I am) only one step
Lindenberg said he intends to keep the wings, live
music, softball teams and other offerings Club 400 is
known for, and will have a Halloween party on Oct. 28.