LAKE WISSOTA — After more than 22 years, Diane and Dennis Schroeder are ready for a new adventure.
The owners of High Shores Supper Club are selling the restaurant on County X in the town of Lafayette. The business has been for sale in the past, but Diane said the Schroeders are more serious about this recent posting. There is no price listed for the sale of the supper club, but Diane said the Schroeders have had interested parties.
The restaurant is closed for the season for daily events and meals but is still available for private parties and features its banquet menu.
The decision to close their chapter on the supper club’s ownership came after the couple decided it was time to focus on other parts of their life.
“Basically, we need a break,” Diane said. “It’s time to maybe get some new passion in there and some new blood. We still really like our business, but we’re in our 60s.”
In the past, the High Shores Supper Club was featured in a PBS documentary covering 14 Wisconsin supper clubs and in a book featuring the clubs around Wisconsin.
The decision to find an active buyer comes one year after the restaurant had a contentious, rocky summer in 2016, when construction on a bridge closed a portion of County X, cut off High Shores’ traffic flow and cut sales nearly in half.
But making the final call to officially sell the business was not a result of the 2016 summer, Diane said, adding that 2017 was an improvement.
“We certainly didn’t close the doors to the public because of lack of business,” Diane said. “It was a great summer.”
High Shores is not the only business on Highway X to close one year after the bridge construction was completed. Goodies Sweet Treats and More and La Grander’s Drive In and Ice Cream have closed doors as well. Goodies officially closed in the beginning of November, while La Grander’s appears to have been closed since the beginning of the summer.
On its Facebook page, owner Kelly Poppe-Gale told Goodies’ customers that she was closing the bakery and cafe to focus on teaching and her family. Meanwhile, due to owner and founder Robert La Grander’s illness, La Grander’s Drive In never fully opened this past summer, and there has been no indication on its future following his death on Sept. 9.
For now, High Shores is still open to private parties and is taking reservations. Diane said their books are filling up for the winter months, and by keeping a part of their restaurant open, she and Dennis don’t have to fully step away just yet.
“It was a bittersweet moment for us to make a decision to do this,” Diane said. “It was hard to put that sign on the outside of the building.”
Representatives from Goodies and La Grander’s could not be reached for comment.