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To be sure, the Northwoods is blessed with an abundance of great places to eat. Once again, the Worthen family has returned to St. Germain thanks to Amy Worthen, the third generation of her family to open a restaurant in St. Germain.

A life-changing move in 1975 brought Wayne and Geri Worthen from the Chicago area to the Northwoods when they bought Murmuring Waters Resort. The Worthens also brought their children, Dave, Keith and Kathy Worthen, to help fix up and run the 15-cabin resort as a means to keep the family together.

In 1981, Wayne and Geri sold the resort and bought the Sayner Pub. Once again, family members returned to staff the business.

“My whole family worked there, that is what we did,” said Amy. “We were all kids — we just grew up in the family business.”

Son, Dave, and his wife, Cindy, expanded the family’s restaurant operations when they opened St. Germain Pub in St. Germain.

Dave and Cindy eventually sold the Pub to Keith after running the business for 15 years.

Fast forwarding a bit, Amy once again rallied the Worthen clan when the Shockers location became available for a new business opportunity.

Gathering all her resources together she opened Worthen’s Bar and Grill in the last half of 2017. Just recently, her brother, David Jr., became her partner in the new venture.

“We became the third generation business owners in town,” she proudly said. “Dave and I are doing great!”

And true to form, other family members are integral to the new business. Uncle Keith is in the kitchen making, “his famous Chico Reuben sandwich, his homemade pizza and his burgers, made fresh every day,” said Amy.

“There’s not a given day that I can’t call any of them. They all help,” she said. “Dad makes the soup and chili and my sister Sandy comes in and helps me with the restaurant part of it and waitresses. My Aunt Kathy comes in whenever I call and waitresses. It’s all family hands on.”

And what has surprised her the most in her new venture?

“The overwhelming support of the locals has been amazing!” she emphatically stated. Even with a great winter this year, she says the local business has been the largest part of the crowds.

“They are here during lunch, dinner and for late night pizza!”

No doubt, the Worthen's tradition of friendly service and great food continue on at the new St. Germain location. But Amy is not resting on her laurels.

She and Dave are keeping the restaurant open seven days a week, opening at 11:00 a.m. daily. She said she will continue these hours during March and April as well. The dinner menu is available until 9:00 p.m. with pizzas available until bar close

Among the wide array of superb entrees, is the famous Worthen's Pizza. There is the Chico Reuben sandwich with melt-in-your-mouth corned beef and the always made from fresh beef burgers. Sample the homemade soup and chili made daily and the great daily specials.

The Friday Fish Fry features Walleye, Perch or Cod as well as their to-die-for Fish Tacos.

Amy also said they have just signed on to be a part of the Heartland Shopping Show on WRJO 94.5 FM, Friday mornings starting at 10:00 a.m. Reserve your purchase of 1/2 price coupons.

Big news! Coming soon, patrons will be able to order Worthen's Pizza for home delivery! Amy is hoping that within the next few weeks they will be ready to roll getting fresh pizza at home, work or wherever locally!

To see what great things are happening, visit Worthen's Bar and Grill on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/Worthens-Bar-Grill-121680051838725/ or call 715-477-1300.

The Worthens have been delighted with their start-up.
“The local support has been overwhelming!” Amy declared. “Thank you to the community and we are going to keep doing what we are doing and we aren’t going anywhere!”

Susan Popp-Romano on February 24, 2018 at 07:22pm
Tell your Uncle Keith Susie Popp said “hi” and best of luck!!
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