Chet & Emil's Inc.

Bar*Banquet Hall*Motel
Restaurant* Bowling
388 Main St.
P.O. Box 207
Birnamwood, WI 54414
(715)449-2226
(715)449-2297

History of Chet & Emil's

After their discharges from the military service in World War II, two friends, who also happened to be brother in-laws, founded Chet & Emil's.

 When Chester (Chet) and Lillian Skodinski and Emil and Genevive Praslowicz purchased the business from John Rundhamer on January 1, 1946, it consisted of a tavern and physician's office on the street level with the upper level becoming a home for the two families.  No one knew what a landmark this building would become.

In 1947, a Quonset-type addition was added to the main structure to house the bowling lanes and a 50 foot bar.  In 1950, a 60 x 90 foot  portable dance floor was designed to fit over the lanes to accommodate weddings and banquets.

Dr O.E. Damp moved is office to a new location in 1963, and it was at that time the restaurant was added.  After the purchase of their first broaster, Chet & Emil's quickly became famous for their broasted chicken.

In 1979, after a fire destroyed the grocery store next door, Chet & Emil purchased the vacant lot and expanded the restaurant  with an additional ballroom/banquet facility.  This change was followed by another with Chet, Lil, Emil and Gen moving out of the upstairs living quarters and their son Doug, his wife, Barbara and their four children moving in.

In 1981, the business was purchased by Emil's son and his wife, Doug and Barbara Praslowicz, and a friend Edwin Resch.  Doug, Barb and Ed have been running the business since then. 

In expanding their business, they built a 12 unit motel adjacent to the bar/restaurant in 1990.  In 1996, they had the restaurant, kitchen ballroom and lanes remodeled.  In 2010, the four lanes were resurfaced with a synthetic material.

In 2012, the main bar was extensively remodeled by Barske Construction, Antigo, and Wads Woodworks, Wausau, to recreate a "turn of the century" tavern, with a unique barrel ceiling and a huge decorative hardwood and marble bar. Plans to remodel the restaurant are in the works for the future.  

The tradition of serving good food at a reasonable prices, in a clean and friendly atmosphere, continues today.