Big Al Capone’s in Pipe remains closed; building for sale following owners’ retirement

PIPE – Big Al Capone’s, N10302 U.S. Highway 151, and its historical property are for sale.



a close up of a street in front of a house: Big Al Capone’s, present day.


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Big Al Capone’s, present day.

The restaurant temporarily closed in March shortly after the state’s safer-at-home order, deciding not to continue take-out services. By June, many local restaurants had reopened, but Big Al Capone’s was not one of them.

During the shutdown, owners Annie and John Schmitz retired and put the historical property up for sale, as of Sept. 20, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page. 

Restaurant’s history includes gangsters, ghosts

The building was originally built in 1846 as the Stage Coach Inn and Fuhrman Hotel and had earned a place on the State Historical Registry, according to The Reporter archives. 

The Schmitzes previously owned Schmitty’s Oar House, and after selling, bought this building — said to be one of Al Capone’s stops when traveling between northern Wisconsin and

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