Good Friday fish fry draws thousands to Serb Hall

Served more than 3,000 people
Posted at 6:54 PM, Apr 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-14 23:48:27-04

Good Friday may signify the end of Lent but it’s the biggest fish fry in Milwaukee.

The end of the Lenten season brings about one of the holiest days of the year. At Serb Hall on the city’s South side, they churn out the orders of fried fish to the tune of 3,000 to 4,000 people.

“We go through two tons of fish on Good Friday,” said Mike Rajnovich, former board member at Serb Hall.

Rajnovich said on an average Friday during the year, they serve some 200 to 500 pounds of fish, so Good Friday is really a big uptick for them. While fish fry’s are nothing new to Milwaukeeans, Serb Hall still stands as one of the best.

“This is kind of an iconic place,” said Beth Tetzlaff of Port Washington. “So we made the drive. We always kind of reward ourselves for making it through a work week for Friday night fish.”

What makes Serb Hall special compared to other fish fry’s in the city? Its drive-thru. Even if customers don’t have time to sit down and relax on Good Friday, they can turn their fish fry into fish on the fly and pick it up in the drive-thru.

“We were the first to introduce the drive through, I think 20 years ago.“ Rajnovich said. “I’m really proud of the hall and the people who work here. There’s a lot of competition. Serb Hall has been voted number one in Milwaukee for fish fry.”

“I come here every Good Friday,” said Cado Stanisic, a Serbian native living in Milwaukee. “Every Friday!”

“Good Friday fish fry is very good,” said Kevin Williams, a regular at the Serb Hall. “It’s very nice and very convenient for me.”