Restaurant & Lounge is located at 4136 S.
Kinnickinnic Ave. in St. Francis, and is owned by Dale
and Julie Doberstein. It’s one of 50 restaurants in
“Wisconsin Supper Clubs: Another Round.”
While cheese, beer and Harleys may be the most highlighted
parts of the Wisconsin identity, the state’s character also
includes the supper club, which has seen a resurgence in
popularity in recent years, in part due to Ron Faiola’s
books and documentary on the subject.
he released a second book: “Wisconsin Supper Clubs: Another
Round” published by Midway.
recently took a few minutes out of his book tour around the
state to discuss his newest book, which is a sequel to
“Wisconsin Supper Clubs: An Old-Fashioned Experience.”
that when the first book was published in 2013, people were
already asking for another helping.
as the first book came out, people said you have got to do a
second one,” Faiola said, adding they would comment that he
hadn’t included that person’s restaurant or that
person’s favorite supper club in the book.
Faiola said he was going to include 100 supper clubs in the
first book, but culled it to 50. That left 50 for “Another
are in response to Faiola’s documentary, “Wisconsin Supper
Clubs - An Old-Fashioned Experience” released in 2013 and
appearing on PBS stations. His other projects have included
the documentaries “Fish Fry Night Milwaukee” and
“Tilt-A-Whirls, Cowbells and Beer,” a summer tour of
church festivals in southeastern Wisconsin.
popularity of the supper club documentary and books is because
of people’s affection for the restaurants often known for
their prime ribs and brandy old-fashioneds.
because people go to these places and they like reading about
the places they go to and they also like to find places new to
them,” Faiola said.
He said he
has found that many people are making specific trips for the
weekend or a whole week to visit supper clubs featured in the
books. Once at those businesses, they then ask the owners to
autograph Faiola’s book.
he met is about 30 years old and has been to about 40 of the
supper clubs featured. They told Faiola that while they
didn’t grow up as part of the supper club culture, they have
gotten into it as they have gotten older.
featured in the books, Faiola said he has heard business has
increased for them, and often they sell the book. He gave the
example of Buckhorn Supper Club in Milton. The owner was
hesitant to be in the documentary, but after agreeing to it
and it being aired, the demand was so great for the supper
club’s signature lobster boil they went from doing it three
times each summer to 10 times.
A few of
the supper clubs featured in the first book have since closed,
but Faiola said he tries hard to pick places to feature that
aren’t on the border of going out of business.
collects ideas from his trips around the state for promoting
the books, although he doesn’t have any
stops planned for the metro Milwaukee area soon.
are really enthusiastic about supper clubs and the information
I am providing at these presentations is new to these people.
They didn’t know the history and so on. I like getting out
there and talking about in addition to reading the book,”
clubs featured from southeastern Wisconsin include Dobie’s
Steak House in St. Francis; Danny’s Girl Supper Club in
Watertown; Edgewater Supper Club in Jefferson; Five O’Clock
Steakhouse in Milwaukee; and Walden Supper Club in West Bend.