Supper Club Stories: Al-Gen in Rhinelander


In 1932, Herbert Hoover was President of the United States. The nation was in the midst of the Great Depression and prohibition was still the law of the land. That year also brought something else, the opening of the Al-Gen Dinner Club in Rhinelander. A lot has changed in the world around the iconic building since it was built, but inside much has stayed the same, including its customer base.

"Over a period of time you become a part of a family. If we didn't show up on a Sunday we would get a very fast phone call wondering if we are OK." says long time customer Robert Weir.

Owner Amy Sweringen and her husband are proud to keep preserving this Northwoods tradition. When they took over the restaurant 20 years ago, they decided they wanted to keep things the same.

"If it isn't broke, don't fix it." Owner Amy Sweringen jokes.

The Al-Gen prides itself on serving up traditional Wisconsin favorites. Customers have been enjoying many of the same dishes since the 1930's.

"The menu items have been the same for as long as I can remember." Sweringen says.

It is clear that tradition is the key to making the Al-Gen a long running success.


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