“This whole building was across the street and it was called 63 Bar,” said Peplinski. “I used to hear how this was such a hopping place and when I bought it I wanted to give it back to the community.”
The old bar name brings back memories for residents who remember the original bar and restaurant. Peplinski said many customers from the community have come in and shared old memories and have shown emotion from the nostalgia; many are happy to see it return to the original name.
“Since I changed the name back to 63 Bar and Grill, a lot of memories have come up,” she said. “We have had a lot of the prior relatives of the older generations of owners and some of them are very emotional because of all the memories.”
After retiring permanently, Peplinski was looking for something to do. She started bartending at Bendilly’s and got to know the owners and the community really well, and she had a feeling this was where she was supposed to be. When the previous owners felt ready to retire, Peplinski was ready to take over.
“I always had this feeling when I would walk into the building that something needed to happen here and I really loved coming to work and I started asking questions and I saw the potential here and I asked if they were willing to sell,” said Peplinski.
The couple has big visions and goals for the restaurant’s future. Peplinski said she really wants to make this a community- oriented place and add some new and unique features to draw people in.
“I want to bring back some of the events and we have room for a tractor pull and I just want families to be able to come and spend time here,” she said.
The restaurant is located on five acres of land which allows the Peplinskis to utilize that space in the future. Peplinksi says she wants to host more community events like a future tractor pull, bonfires with wood fired pizza and car shows.
The menu features some custom designed meals that flow with the theme of the restaurant. The burgers are all named after motorcycle brands and have unique ingredients, including the “The Harley”, “The Ducati” and “The Boss Hoss.”
“I didn’t want to have the same food that you can get anywhere, and we wanted to incorporate the motorcycle theme because my husband and I enjoy riding,” Peplinski said.
The restaurant also features specials throughout the week, such as burgers on Mondays. They also have bingo each week.
The 63 Bar and Grill is located at N4306 U.S. Highway 63, Ellsworth. They are open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. every day.