By Kelsie Hoitomt
GLENWOOD CITY — Jeff and Jennifer Kuehl are the proud owners of Kuehl’s Bar and Grill, which opened for business on Main Street in Glenwood City just two short weeks ago.
Meeting the owners
Jeff is a Glenwood City alum, having been born and raised here by his parents Dorothy Thompson and the late Jim Kuehl along side his three brothers.
Jenn came to Glenwood City from Owosso, Michigan where she was raised by her parents Sandra Beach and Mack Chambers. She has three sisters and one brother.
Jeff and Jenn’s story began in 1996 after they met at a softball game in Menomonie. The two tied the knot two years later in September of 1998.
The Kuehls have one child, Mckenzie, who patrons can now find waitressing on Friday and Saturday nights at the tavern.
Prior to owning their own business, Jeff was in the trucking industry and Jenn is still in real estate; she works as a realtor for Century 21 Premier Group.
She has also spent the last eight years at St. Croix County Abstract and Title as a researcher/examiner.
Jenn previously spent time working for her father-in-law at his Country Mart in Downing and his tavern in Wilson, which is now Peg’s Pleasant View.
Together, they are both active members of the Matson Miller Legion Post 330 in Wilson. Jeff is the first Vice Commander and Jenn is the treasurer of the Auxiliary.
Jeff was in the Army National Guard Company B, 1-128, Infantry 11 B out of New Richmond, ranking as an E-4 Specialist from 1990-1995.
He is also a member of the Glenwood City Fire Department and serves as the captain. Along with that, he will be running the bar fulltime.
Opening a business
“We have always wanted to be in business for ourselves,” Jenn said. “We also feel the community was in need of having somewhere that they could go to sit down and eat dinner without having to drive out of town.”
Jeff and Jenn’s goal for their business is to create and maintain an environment where everyone feels welcome and appreciated.
The environment they are creating has a firehouse theme considering Jeff’s background with the department.
The Kuehls shared that they are looking for any old pictures, newspaper articles, gear, patches, etc. that are related to their theme.
The bar itself is open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to bar closing time. They offer a breakfast menu as well a full dinner menu, which includes home made meals and hamburgers from scratch with fresh beef and fresh baked buns.
One special item that is a Kuehl family treat is the taco. Jeff and Jenn are offering Jim’s famous tacos that he made back when it was Kuehl’s Suds and Such in Glenwood City.
They are offering daily food specials, which can be found on their Facebook page “Kuehl’s Bar and Grill”. That is also where people can find their full menu as well as a phone number if take out orders are sought after.
Aside from food, Kuehl’s has a broad selection of tap beer, which includes seasonal favorites as well as regular domestics.
“We want to be a permanent fixture here in Glenwood City and we want to make the residents happy,” shared Jeff and Jenn.
The Kuehls also wished to express their appreciation to the local businesses and the support they have provided.
“Gifts and words of encouragement certainly are not expected when a potential competitor opens its doors, however we feel like we have been welcomed into the scene with open arms,” said the Kuehls. “We look forward to working together with them for many years to come.”