Maxwelton Braes comes back to life

4:30 PM, Jun. 21, 2013  |  Comments
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Maxwelton Braes Lodge and Restaurant are back! The Maxwelton Braes complex went into foreclosure in late 2009. While the golf course has remained open under the management of Paul Becker, the restaurant and lodge have remained closed since that time. However, on May 24, Bill Anderson bought the lodge and restaurant facilities.

Anderson said that it has been non-stop action since that date to get both the hotel areas and restaurant facilities back to top-notch condition. As a result, both the lodge and restaurant have just opened for business. The cottages, which are located along the 16th fairway, are being extensively renovated and will be ready for rentals on July 2. Anderson credits the quick opening to the fact that the property was left in good condition by the previous owners, hard work on his staff's part and cooperation by local trades people.

Previous owners of the lodge have stopped by to give Anderson old blueprints and drawings of the lodge and restaurant that date back decades. Bill wants to bring back the style and essence that the resort had in its early days. Anderson said that he wants both his staff and guests to have fun at the resort.

The second floor has a beautiful banquet area and is now available for reservations for weddings and other celebrations. The swimming pool will not be reopened until next year. However, the tennis court area is being completely renovated and will have two pickleball courts and one tennis court. It should be playable sometime in July. The courts will be available for guests of the hotel and also by locals for some sort of fee or membership basis.

Anderson is leasing the bar and restaurant area to Jody and Patsy Wuollett, who are the owners of Chop restaurant in Sister Bay. The bar area is called the Highland Club and the restaurant will be Max's Supper Club. Wuollett said that he wants to have Max's operate as more of a traditional supper club with some unique local twists. It will be less upscale that Chop and will have a wider range of menu choice and be more value oriented.

The restaurant presently has a small menu but their full-scale menu will be in place beginning June 28. In addition to steaks, there will be whitefish, perch, ribs, prime rib, chicken and other entrees. It will utilize local-centric products and homemade foods when possible.

The chef at Max's will be Mitch Ciohn, who has won awards for his cooking in the Milwaukee area and is anxious to lead Max's restaurant.

Wuollett said he wants to welcomes not just tourists to Door County and guests of the hotel but wants to be a favorite of locals as well. He intends to establish a relaxed atmosphere where people spend their evening. In addition to restaurant and bar seating, there will be an outdoor patio serving area as well. The restaurant will be open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to close for dinner on a daily basis. The restaurant will be open through October. A decision on winter days and hours will be decided in the future. The restaurant Chop will continue to operate on a year-round basis.

We think it's great that both the Maxwelton Braes lodge and restaurant are now open. It certainly brings life back to a historical fixture of Baileys Harbor and is a great asset to the town. We wish Bill Anderson and the Wuollets much success.

Fireworks donation

The Baileys Harbor Women's Club has recently made a contribution of $200 to help sponsor the town's Fourth of July fireworks display. This continues the contribution the club has made for the past number of years. Thanks, ladies.

Lake Lessons

The Ridges popular Thursday evening speaker series, Lake Lessons, will continue at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall. Marne Kaeske, Stewardship Coordinator for The Ridges, will present "Best Management Practices to Protect Groundwater and the Hine's Emerald Dragonfly." Admission is free and open to the public.

Mural update

Artist Ram Rojas has begun the final work on the Baileys Harbor Community Mural, which mural covers the entire side of Nelson's hardware store next to the town marina. While the overall mural is complete, Rojas will now be adding a myriad of details such as local plants and animals.

The final addition will be lines from Lorine Niedecker's poem, Wintergreen Ridge. The artist is using a platform scissors lift for easier access to all parts of the large "canvas." He expects to be complete by September.

Funds are still needed to cover tools, art supplies and the final coating application to protect the mural from the effects of sun and the weather. Donations can be made to the Baileys Harbor Historical Society, PO Box 336, Baileys Harbor, WI 54202.

Music series

The Baileys Harbor summer Concert on the Lawn series will have the initial concert on Friday. Carley Baer, who specializes in acoustic rock, jazz and pop will perform on the grounds of the Baileys Harbor Town Hall across from the marina. The concerts take place 5-7 p.m. each Friday. The rain location is inside the Town Hall.

Next weekend

Immanuel Lutheran Church will hold its annual Spuds'n Splits event at 6 p.m. June 29. You can enjoy a large baked potato with your choice of toppings and then have a make-your-own ice cream sundae or banana split for dessert. Music will be provided by the Praise Band. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children. Proceeds will benefit outreach projects of the church.

See you next time on this side of the Door.

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