Supper Club Stories: The Dirty Oar

Wisconsin is full of fantastic lakeside dining destinations. Being able to pull your boat up to the shore and grab a bite to eat is a part of Badger State tradition. While there are plenty of places to grab a burger or brat, there are a lot fewer serving up things like filet mignon or scallop risotto. However, The Dirty Oar in Nekoosa is challenging that notion.

The restaurant, nestled on the shores of Lake Petenwell in Adams County, opened up in June of 2013. The Supper Club used to be known as The Hideaway, but it closed several years ago. The building sat vacant for several years, that is until Colleen Asmussen and her husband Ed took over last year.

The goal of The Dirty Oar is to bring lakeside dining to a new level of elegance. Chef Ed works to bring everything from steaks to fresh seafood to the menu.

"We bring in all our own loins, we dry age and hang our meats in the cooler, and we cut our own steaks. Those are the types of things that allow us to keep our prices more manageable because your labor is your own verses someone else having to do that." Says Chef Ed.

While tourists make up a large part of the customer base, the Dirty Oar also has a large group of loyal locals that come back week after week. That includes people like Doug and Barb Kasten, who have been coming to the restaurant since long before it became The Dirty Oar. They were very relieved to see that the restaurant had been re-opened last year.

“We were very excited to come back and see what they had on the menu and how the bar was being attended and found it to be very nice." Doug Kasten says.

It is clear that The Dirty Oar is bringing a local lakeside landmark into the 21st century with views as good as the food.

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