The Pine Tree Supper Club has been a staple in the community for nearly 60 years. Fred and Arlene Birkholz established the business in 1963. From 1985 until 2022 , Pine Tree was owned and operated by four of their children. Today the Buch family keeps the traditions alive and the drinks pouring here at the Pine Tree!
Pine Tree History
The original building, the Pine Tree Cheese Factory, was built in the 1930s. It was named Pine Tree because of the large white pine trees located out in front. Coincidentally, Arlene’s father was part of the crew that cut down those trees in order to build the new highway. Years later the building was converted into a dance hall and small bar, still named Pine Tree. Fred and Arlene Birkholz were married in 1950 and had a dairy farm in the Weyauwega area. They both had always loved the New London area and knew it was the right thing for them to purchase the property in 1963. In the early years, Pine Tree was quite a bit smaller than it is today. The current bar area used to be the entire restaurant. That included a bar, dining room, kitchen, and single bathroom. Pine Tree almost tripled in size in 1984 with a large addition including a large dining room, party area, hostess station, new kitchen, additional bathroom, and rooms added to the upstairs apartment.
Pine Tree Supper Club offers a fine dining experience complete with the highest quality meats, seafood, and cocktails. An original definition of a supper club was a place where guests were brought to the bar area to order dinners and refreshments, then later seated at a table where everything was brought to them. Pine Tree is known for its old fashions and "melt-in-your-mouth" prime rib. Many of their soups, spices, dressings, and sauces are old family secrets, so good luck trying to get the recipe for their wine and butter sauce or bar mushrooms.
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