When the Wisconsin Department of Tourism was looking for a spot to film a supper club commercial, organizers chose the Buckhorn outside Milton as one of their locations. It’s not hard to see why. The woodsy lakefront views, sports memorabilia, mounted animals on the walls and dimly lit dining rooms make the Buckhorn a classic Wisconsin supper club.

The Buckhorn Supper Club’s popularity and success recently earned longtime co-owner Chico Pope the Restaurateur of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Restaurant Association. It’s perhaps the most prestigious award in the state’s dining industry. Pope has owned the Buckhorn with his wife, Dawn, for 21 years. Renewed attention on the supper club experience—which invariably includes steak, seafood and brandy Old Fashioneds—has helped the business thrive.

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