Several years after it closed, the Sylvan Glen supper club near Stoddard will reopen in the coming months in a new building constructed for new owners Danny and Ruthie Lepke.

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STEVE CAHALAN | For the La Crosse Tribune

The Lepkes had hoped to open the supper club at N1856 Hwy. O in 2015. But that was before Ruth was injured in an automobile crash that year and before Danny was diagnosed with cancer in 2016.

Danny died last September after a large blood clot formed in his lung, said Ruthie, who plans to open at least the bar part of the supper club sometime this summer. She plans to have the entire supper club, including food, in full operation by sometime this fall.

In an interview last week at the supper club, Ruthie and daughter Trisha Gronemus said they wish Danny had lived to see the supper club open. But he was at the benefit held there last August to raise money toward his medical expenses.

The Lepkes bought the property about six years ago, after Sylvan Glen had closed. They demolished the old building and built a new one at the same site. Ruthie continues to own the couple’s Lepke Trucking & Excavating, and Dan Lepke Trucking, businesses near Chaseburg.

“This used to be a very popular place,” Ruthie said of the supper club.

“It’ll be a supper club with Friday night fish, prime rib on Saturdays and broasted chicken,” Gronemus said. “It will have quality food and quality service.”

Lepke and Gronemus have begun advertising for employees. For more information, call 608-457-3030 or visit visit the restaurant's Facebook page.


Castle La Crosse Bed and Breakfast opened May 10 in a historic home at 1419 Cass St.

Bruce “Billy” Banes and Brandon Rigger bought the building Feb. 10, after deciding to move from Houston, Texas, to open the business and live on the building’s third floor.

The bed and breakfast has five guest suites and guests are served breakfast in the grand dining room. Rigger prepares the breakfasts using local organic fruits and vegetables.

Banes and Rigger said the home was built in 1891 for lumber baron Nymphus B. Holway and his family. It’s been known locally for many years as the Castle on Cass.

For reservations or more information, call Bergeron at 1-844-726-5808 or visit www.castlelacrossebnb.com or the bed and breakfast’s Facebook page.


After nine years, Mack’s Card Shack closed May 13 in the Bridgeview Plaza shopping center on the far North Side of La Crosse.

Curt Mack opened his sports, gaming and entertainment cards and supplies business in a Bridgeview Plaza kiosk in 2008. He moved the business to a storefront in the shopping center in 2014.

“It wasn’t financially profitable,” Mack said of his decision to close the card shop. “I’ll enjoy my second retirement,” said Mack, who retired from the Army in 2005. “I’ll spend more time with my wife and our 5-year-old daughter.”

Steve Cahalan can be reached at stevecahalan.reporter@gmail.com or at 608-782-9710, ext. 8819. Angie Cina of the Vernon County Broadcaster contributed to this report.

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