Steve Pilgrim at work inside the Village Haus. Photo submitted.
Village Haus celebrates 15 years

Wednesday, December 7 will mark 15 since the Village Haus, 122 North Boyd St, in Boyd opened its doors.

On what was the site of the old Boyd auditorium, which was torn down in 1997, Jeff and Deb Zais built the Boyd Catering Hall. They ran their catering business out of the building until 2007.

In November 2007, Steve Pilgrim, lifetime resident of Boyd, purchased the building and turned it into a restaurant.

As many locals may remember, Steve operated Steve’s Place, a bar on the main street of Boyd from 1984-1996. After being away from the business for 11 years, he realized he missed the camaraderie of the customers and was looking for an opportunity to get back in the business. When the catering hall became available, he contacted Bob Eslinger at the local bank and started the process of buying. One day Bob called Steve and said he was going hunting and needed a name for the restaurant so he could finish up the paperwork before heading to the hunting camp. Steve knew he wanted to go with the German heritage so when “Village Haus” popped into his head, he told Bob to go with it. The deal was done, and Steve was back in business.

After adding tables and chairs, and giving the place a facelift, Steve opened the doors on Friday, December 7, 2007. He started with only one fryer and very little space for cooking. He was open three nights a week, plus you could rent the Village Haus for private parties on the weekends. In 2012, the ladies from Boyd asked if he would open for breakfast so they’d have a place to meet after church and Steve was happy to oblige.

The Village Haus served mainly as a restaurant until 2012. That year, Steve started the catering business with his first job catering a graduation party for Rod Anders’s daughter. Since then, the catering aspect has grown, but Steve keeps his focus on the restaurant.

In addition to a great place to eat, the Village Haus also serves as a meeting place for the snowmobile club, Boyd Chamber of Commerce, the Red Hat Ladies and the Boyd Little League.

Steve is proud to offer “made from scratch” food. He makes his own French fries and JoJo’s, hand breads the chicken wings, fish, cheese curds, mushrooms, etc. He also makes all his own soup, which comes with every meal, or if desired, can be purchased by the gallon. With a focus on families and farmers, Steve offers the bottomless glass of milk all year long with your meal, and in June, serves a free dish of ice cream to finish off your meal.

The Village Haus is open for breakfast and lunch Tues through Fri and Sun 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. and for dinner Wednesday and Thursday 5-9 p.m. and Friday 4:30-9:30 p.m.

If you are looking to rent, The Village Haus seats up to 80 people inside, and if weather permits, there is additional seating on the outdoor patio. For information or to book an event, contact Steve at 715-667-3663.

To celebrate 15 years in business, Steve and his wife Carol will offer free ice cream with meals along with $4 deep fried cheese curds Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, December 7 through 9th, plus 2-piece fish dinners for $10 on Friday. Please check facebook for additional specials to be announced.

So stop in and help Steve and Carol celebrate 15 years serving the Boyd and surrounding communities!

The Village Haus at Boyd is celebrating 15 years in business. Photo submitted.

November 30, 2022