Volunteers needed to help move popular Hales Corners tavern

The famous Bosch Tavern is moving west 25 feet
Posted at 10:24 PM, Oct 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-04 23:38:54-04

HALES CORNERS -- The famous Bosch Tavern is moving west 25 feet. 

"Good measuring," said Rick Putlitz, the owner of Bosch Tavern.

The popular Hales Corners spot has stood at Highway 100 and Janesville Road for 20 years. 

"It's a historic landmark. [People] always talk about how they reference it when they're turning or going somewhere, ya know, turn at the big white Victorian building," Putlitz said.

The restaurant has to make the short  journey due to upcoming construction on Highway 100. However, Putlitz said he is looking on the bright side. 

"It's a great opportunity here to start over, rejuvenate," he said.

Putlitz has been anticipating Saturday's move for five years. 

"Our plan is to have it ready to roll. We're going to attach three, 100 foot two-inch ropes to it," Putlitz said.

Putlitz said he is looking for 200 volunteers to help pull the 150-ton building to its final resting place. 

"It's a very neat looking old building inside and out, and I couldn't part with it," Putlitz said. 

There is a backup plan if volunteers don't show up, but 620 WTMJ radio host Gene Mueller has turned this into a charity event called "Tug the Tavern."

A $10 donation will get your hands on a rope and proceeds benefit Penfield Children’s Center. The event is at 11 a.m. Saturday. You don't need to sign-up ahead of time. 

Bosch Tavern is set to re-open before Thanksgiving.