Iconic Destination Restaurant Closes in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
(Fond du Lac, Wis. — May 27, 2020) — Schreiner’s Restaurant, a Fond du Lac landmark since 1938 serving more than 500,000 guests a year and famous for scratch-prepared food and bakery, is closing its doors.
Paul Cunningham who began his Schreiner's career in 1969 as a 15-year-old busboy, and his wife Joan are owners of this historic restaurant. The Cunningham’s were assisted in management by their daughter and son-in-law Marcia and Nathan Haupt. These four members of management have collectively worked for over 100 years at Schreiner's.
“It has been my incredible honor to be a part of Schreiner’s Restaurant for most of my life, from busboy to baker/cook to owner. My time with original owners Bernie and Maureen Schreiner was invaluable and a true joy. Ultimately the formula for success for the Schreiners’ was simple: serve great food at a fair price and treat customers and employees as family” says Paul Cunningham, president of Schreiner’s.
The Cunningham and Haupt families are sincerely and deeply grateful for the staff they have had at Schreiner’s. Twenty-four Schreiner’s crew members have been employed at the restaurant for more than 20 years, including five who have worked there for more than 40 years.
“Our families’ decision to not re-open Schreiner’s Restaurant was not one that we made easily; unfortunately, it was unavoidable and our only real option given the economics associated with the current pandemic crisis. The friendships and connections that we have been so blessed to have made over the years with our amazing staff and guests will never be forgotten” says Nathan Haupt, general manager of Schreiner’s.
When Destination Lake Winnebago Region, the areas visitor’s bureau, did its original branding research a decade ago, it immediately became clear that the iconic restaurant was one of — if not THE— most well-known attributes of Fond du Lac. “What an awesome and welcoming beacon it has been for this community for generations and generations!” says Craig Molitor, president of Destination Lake Winnebago Region.
“Schreiner’s offering of old-world friendliness and celebration of comfort food with traditional family recipes, combined with the recent addition of Bernie’s Pub made it a destination restaurant any community would love to have. The food, the friends, and the iconic business will be missed” Molitor went on to say.
The Cunningham and Haupt families stated in near unison that “the pleasure was all ours to work with and serve such dedicated and wonderful folks!”
For the foreseeable future this press release will be the final statement from the family as they all bid farewell to this storied chapter and look forward to new opportunities.
For a historical look at Schreiner’s Restaurant, visit http://www.fdlchowder.com/history.iml
Craig Molitor, Destination Lake Winnebago Region
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