Superior's Old Town Bar comes down

Pieces of the East End establishment will find a new home at Thirsty Pagan.
The roof of the Old Town Bar folds in as the building comes down Tuesday afternoon in Superior. (Jed Carlson /

Motorists on East Second Street in Superior got a front-row view Tuesday, July 9, of Old Town Bar and Restaurant's demolition. By noon, the dining room area was nothing but rubble and the last of three lighted outdoor signs was being pulled from the bar’s exterior.

A crew from Stack Bros. Inc. carefully lowered the "7"-shaped Old Town Bar sign that faced the highway into a truck.

Operator and project supervisor Gary Brett said he planned to have most of the demolition job done by Wednesday, July 10.

Not everything is gone. Many fixtures, furniture and materials from the bar at 2215 E. Second St., which closed in 2013, will be repurposed. Brett said salvage work on the structure began July 1. Old Town's lighted exterior signs, as well as its tables and stools, are slated to go to Thirsty Pagan Brewing in Superior.

“That’s the plan keep some of it around,” Brett said.


Doug Davis and his brother witnessed the demolition as they were driving past and stopped for a closer look.

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Crew members from Stack Bros. Inc. load the lighted Old Town Bar sign into a truck beside the Old Town Bar and Restaurant July 9 in Superior. Demolition of the building, which closed in 2013, began that morning and was expected to take a day or two. (Maria Lockwood /

“It’s like, ‘Oh, no, another building gone,’” Davis said. “Like the East End Drug Store. I hate to see this kind of stuff come down.”

The siblings snapped some pictures before the building was gone. Davis recalled attending wedding receptions and eating dinner at Old Town.

“My brother and I also saw the end of Tony’s Cabaret about 30 years ago,” Davis said. “They tore that down. It was quite a sad sight.”

Brett has his own memories of Old Town. He dined there often with his son, Bubba, and Bubba’s grandparents, Cliff and Betty Tower.

“I remember coming here a lot,” Brett said.


He pointed out where the bar, coolers, pool tables and kitchen equipment used to sit. Everything people would remember, however, was gone.

“I enjoy demo-ing this building because I’ve been here this much,” Brett said. “I enjoy being part of making it go away.”

“We salvaged a lot of stuff. A lot of it’s going back to the community,” Brett said.

The property is owned by Lynda Hofman of Superior.

Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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