POLAND, Wis. (NBC 26) — In unincorporated Poland, the Eddie Whipp Family Dining Hall celebrates 100 years in business in June. It was created in 1922.
“Lots of laughter, lots of ice shaking in a glass,” manager Beckie Whipp said.
Beckie grew up inside the restaurant. His parents are the owners and his great-grandfather founded the company.
“I never realized it was weird that we lived…literally connected to a bar and a restaurant,” Beckie said.
A century ago, Beckie says Whipp’s served as a bar for local farmers open seven days a week. Over the years it has expanded with a 300 person dining hall and a ballroom.
“We would roller skate in the dance hall or we would come here and roll on the wax dab machine,” Beckie said.
Now known for its cheese curds, cream puffs and fish, Whipp’s is only open three days a week. But some visitors stop by every time it’s open.
“Our customers…many of them are like family,” Beckie said.
Ann and Ralph Abts have been coming for at least 30 years. It’s their favorite restaurant.
The Pine Grove couple first tried Whipp’s while food was still served upstairs.
“Our kids all say ‘well, we always know where to find you on Friday night,'” Ann said.
As they prepare to celebrate their 100th birthday on June 1, Beckie is grateful.
“I don’t think Joe, my great-grandfather, ever imagined that was what he is today or thought he was starting a business that would last 100 years,” Beckie said.
“Come down and join us,” Ann said.
Whipp’s is celebrating June 1, 3 and 5 with deals on chicken and live music.