History

Charles Barber

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Sloppy Joe’s Saloon and Spoon has had many names and many owners. Regardless, the purpose of the building has remained relatively consistent. While our saloon is now owned and utilized as one building and has been for quite some time, it is likely that at the turn of the century, the east and west sides were owned separately. There are early records that indicate that the buildings were used as a store, hotel, and a saloon. All very appropriate purposes since Hubertus was located on the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Sainte Marie R.R. While under recent reconstruction, it seemed plausible that the order of building erection began with the Cream City brick or east side; this theory being based on the field stone foundation and roofline. The eastern or wooden side was constructed next, and finally the rear west portion added. It is estimated that the structure was built in the 1880’s.

Having been around for many decades, our building has seen many faces, events, and changes. We have enjoyed listening to the many memories people have shared with us of our building and surrounding area. These recollections include: chicken broasts on Saturdays, card games – Sheepshead, stories of being sent as a child to the saloon with a pail to retrieve beer, seeing eerie visions float through walls, memories of parades, “hardscrabbles” fought after dances at the Goshel Tavern & Dance Hall (no longer in existence, but formerly located where the driveway is presently), and even a notorious murder that occurred in 1905. These special stories only fueled our desire to keep another special piece of “Old-World Hubertus” alive and strong.

Thus, we come to the present day. In February of 2003, Joe Hennes purchased the property. My inspiration to buy the property came after an evening of reading the book Richfield Remembers the Past at my parents house, Joe Sr. and Elenore Hennes. I would like to thank my friends and family, all of whom have helped make Sloppy Joe’s Saloon and Spoon a reality. A special thank you to my parents who have given us the inspiration, support, and encouragement to endure this endeavor. Surviving many obstacles, the construction is now complete. The original Cream City brick breathes freely once again, original scrollwork has been uncovered from aluminum siding, the original style windows have returned, and stained glass, time-period sidewalks and a German-style “biergarten” have been added. My vision is to establish a family-oriented meeting place for friends to gather for food, fun, and laughter.

  • Daily Specials

    MONDAYS - Wing Night 75¢, Dine in ONLY.
    TUESDAYS - $1.99 Burgers.
    WEDNESDAYS - Rib and Steak Night.
    THURSDAYS - Ribs and Hot Italian Beef Sandwiches.
    FRIDAYS - Friday Fish Fry. All you can eat beer battered Haddock $10.99, Baked Haddock $11.99, Lake Perch Sandwich $10.99, Fresh Lake Perch dinner $13.99, pan-fried Bluegill $13.99, pan-fried Walleye $16.99 served w/ choice of potato, coleslaw, corn fritters and marbled rye bread.
    SATURDAYS - Steak & Rib Specials
    SUNDAYS - Breakfast 9-12. Rotisserie Chicken 3-9pm $12.99