Roepke's Village Inn - Charlesburg
Wisconsin Supper Club with a Rich History
German immigrants settled in this area in the mid-1800's. Their cluster of homes became the village of Charlesburg, named after their church, St. Charles. Roepke’s Village Inn-Charlesburg has been in the Roepke family since July of 1968. The history of the establishment traces back to the late 1800’s when it served as a hotel, saloon, post office, and stagecoach stop. It later operated as a dance hall with many local weddings held on site.
The Supper Club Tradition
During the 1940's and 1950's, the supper club got its name from gathering spaces that began to serve a set menu. They were typically opened in rural areas and were family run. By the mid-1900's, Roepke’s would also host weddings and receptions.
The Roepke Family
The Village Inn restaurant was purchased by the Roepke family in 1968. They proudly continue the Wisconsin Supper Club tradition, serving a full menu with succulent fish and seafood, flavorful steaks aged and cut in-house, the classic Friday Fish Fry, and house favorites like Roast Duck, BBQ Ribs and our famous salad bar.
What Makes Roepke's Special
In homage to the town’s German heritage, Roepke’s serves authentic German food six nights per week. This includes the popular favorite, Wiener Schnitzel, a golden fried veal cutlet served with an egg as they do in the province of Holstein, Germany. Every Wednesday is German Night, with a featured Old World dish and freshly baked soft Bavarian pretzels.
Roepke’s Village Inn Featured on TravelWisconsin.com
By Mary Bergin
“Wisconsin’s Holy Land got its nickname from the many hamlets that sprouted after German immigrants settled as farmers in the 19th century. Each had a Catholic church, and it wasn’t unusual for a tavern to begin business nearby. That’s how Roepke’s began in rural Calumet County. Some customers make a meal out of the salad bar, whose recipes are generations old."