Scott Festge, left, poses
with his son, Dan, Dec. 18 at Rally Time Sports Bar and
Grill in West Bend.
Ralph Chapoco/Daily News
most people, owning and operating a small business, such
as a bar and restaurant, is an all-consuming venture
that symbolizes the accomplishment of a goal. For the
owners and operators of a recently opened West Bend
restaurant however, opening the establishment is the
next logical step in a much larger purpose.
and Scott Festge, the owners of Rally Time Sports Bar
and Grill, have plans to construct an entire sports
complex, complete with baseball diamonds, playing
fields, batting cages, miniature golf and other
realize their dream, they understood they had a lot to
learn, so they opted to complete one business at a time,
learning from each venture and applying the concepts
from each experience to create their eventual goal.
Their plans didn’t materialize immediately. Scott, Dan’s
father, was busy at the time with his full-time job and
raising a family so he put the family’s entrepreneurship
plans on hold until the appropriate time.
approached me and said, ‘What do you think of revisiting
that?’” Scott said. “We discussed it and I said, ‘Yes,
let’s work toward that.’” Dan was working in the medical
industry at the time, but didn’t especially enjoy the
had been going to school for nursing, gotten my EMT
(emergency medical technician) license and did that for
a while,” Dan said. “Really kind of fell out of love
with the medical field, just because of the people I was
working with and all the stories that I hear from people
had also taken jobs in hospitality, serving and working
as a bartender, to supplement his income. He was
managing a bowling center at the time in Menomonee Falls
and thought it was time to go into business for himself
rather than work for someone else.
began by opening a bar in Saukville in July 2015 to
educate themselves about the industry, from the
licensing and permitting requirements to the customer
service and logistical aspects of operating a
“That is a corner bar,” Scott said. “That location has
residents there to help supplement the income.”
also served some food at the establishment. They
mentioned they had a deep fryer to provide their
clientele some options.
opening the bar, Dan said he learned how to establish
interpersonal and business relationships, not solely
with customers but also with suppliers and vendors. He
also gained insight into ordering supplies and equipment
to approaching customers in a retail setting.
years later, after understanding the details of
operating a business, they decided to expand and open a
restaurant in West Bend.
Saukville location was getting the bar process down,”
Dan said. “Here, it is about fine tuning the bar process
and honing and fine tuning the bar process.”
chose West Bend because they have ties to the area.
Scott’s spouse worked in the area and his daughter
continues to work in the city.
There is a dart board for customers to play and compete
with their friends. There are volleyball courts in the
back, allowing Dan and Scott to host tournaments.
There are several televisions placed throughout the
vicinity, all of which can be tuned into different
sporting events such as tennis and baseball. On Sundays,
most are displaying various football games or the
there is the added food component. They installed a
kitchen to allow customers a range of options. They have
chicken sandwiches, burgers and pizza available. They
also offer specialty sandwiches.
has been interesting,” Scott said. “It has been a lot of