PIPE – Big Al Capone’s, N10302 U.S. Highway 151, and its historical property are for sale.
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 Chicago — and decorated it in a motif to match the history.
A wax Capone watched over diners beside a half a shot-up 1947 Chevy, which represented the year he died. Adorning the walls were an enlarged version of Frank Sinatra’s first mugshot and a series of historical photos from the area.
Capone’s was popular for pizza, paninis, hand-pressed burgers, pasta, sandwiches, and a classic Friday night fish fry.
It was also popular for reports of hauntings.
Inside the restaurant, there were claims of pizza pans being thrown in the kitchen, a beer glass flying off a counter and the scent of perfume wafting through the air.
Outside, visitors and passersby reported seeing movement and lights in the third floor windows and even the figure of a woman.
“People in the community still say that they see her and a little boy beside her in the windows when they’re driving past at 2 or 3 in the morning,” Annie Schmitz told The Reporter in 2015.
The exact future of the restaurant is up to whoever buys it. Sale details are available through John Schmitz at 920-979-2628.
Contact Daphne Lemke at 920-907-7968 or [email protected]
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