MARSHFIELD – Many restaurants in the area have been around for a long time, providing good times, great food and beloved places to gather.
These restaurants have been serving customers for decades. They have long, rich (and delicious) histories. Here are the five oldest restaurants in the Marshfield area that are still operating.
1973: Buck-A-Neer Super Club
The Buck-A-Neer Supper Club, 122923 Marathon County C, is a popular restaurant in Rozellville that has been serving customers for nearly 50 years. The building itself was originally a blacksmith and buggy shop in the early 1900s. It wasn’t until 1932 that it became an eatery.
The Buck-A-Neer was first opened by Tom and Ann Seubert and Tom’s parents, Dick and Celine, on March 1, 1973. Around 2000, Dick and Celine retired and Tom’s brother, Roy, and his wife, Jeannie, became part owners . After decades of serving customers, the family announced that the restaurant would close in 2016.
It was announced shortly after that the restaurant had been sold to Dave and Judy Jasurda, their daughter, Elizabeth, her fiancé at the time, and Rob and Rita Blinker, said current co-owner Scott Kleinschmidt.
The restaurant is currently owned by Kleinschmidt, Rob Posteluk and Ariel Gorst.
The restaurant suffered significant damage after a fire in August 2020, which forced them to close while they did repairs. It reopened in December 2020.
It’s remained a local hot spot that people still flock to for fish fries, birthdays, anniversaries or just the traditional Wisconsin supper club experience.
1974: Melody Gardens
Part restaurant and part skating rink, Melody Gardens, 1200 S. Oak Ave. in Marshfield, has been a spot for good food and fun for 48 years.
Alvin and Gladys Brock opened the roller rink in 1974, according to the website. They added the ice cream parlor in 1980 and served a basic menu. In 1990, they turned the parlor into a full-scale restaurant. By 1996, they were making their own ice cream. They offer a variety of different flavors today.
The business has changed ownership several times over the years, but has stayed in the family. The Brocks sold Melody Gardens to their daughter, Deb, and her husband, Dan Dietel, in 1993. It was sold again in 2012 to the Brock’s other daughter, Margie, and her husband, Dennis Schmidt, according to the website.
The local favorite offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. And, of course, ice cream is also on the menu, so you can round out the perfect rolling rink experience.
1982: Nutz Deep II
Nutz Deep II, 809 S. Central Ave., has become one of Marshfield’s most popular restaurants over the last few decades.
Dewey Schutz opened the restaurant in Marshfield in 1982 and a second location in Spencer at 103 E. Clark St. in 2007. He decided to name the restaurant Nutz Deep II after an employee named Ray suggested he name the restaurant after one he had owned in Sturgeon Bay, according to the website.
“Dewey thought this was the most insane thing he had ever heard, but Ray was convinced he had the name fit,” says a post on the restaurant’s website. “He said that the bar could be the place where people could go and get a little nuts.”
The restaurant has racked up many local awards over the years, including small business of the year, best burger, best fish fry, best bartender, best cheese curds and more.
1984: Belvedere Super Club
Another Marshfield-area classic is the Belvedere Supper Club, M329 State 97. The restaurant has been open for nearly four decades, offering a large menu with hearty Wisconsin classics.
Dale and Patricia Leffel moved to Marshfield in 1977 and opened the supper club in 1984, according to the website. They had a passion for great food and service and decided to open a restaurant. They found a property on the north side of the city that they knew would be perfect, according to the website.
“Their dream at that time was just an open field,” the website says. “Thus the name Belvedere, or ‘open view,’ was born.”
The Belvedere not only offers a restaurant, it also has a wedding chapel and reception area on the grounds and will provide catering for the celebration. People can also enjoy live music at the super club.
1987: Scotty’s Pizza & Chicken
Scotty’s Pizza, 100 S. Chestnut Ave., has been a staple in Marshfield for 35 years.
Scott Berg opened the restaurant in 1987 at the age of 24. He told the Marshfield News-Herald in 2019 that he knew he wanted to open a restaurant when he was in ninth grade. He said he had originally planned to move away from Marshfield, his hometown, after high school, but he ended up staying. He bought what was then Booker’s Pizza and opened Scotty’s.
Scotty’s has earned the “Best Pizza in Marshfield” title 14 years in a row and was recently named “Small Business of the Year 2022.” Beyond their award-winning pizza, the restaurant also offers chicken, sub sandwiches, salads, fish and dessert pizzas.
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