Courthouse Pub - Legal Description

Courthouse Pub
1001 S. 8th St.
Manitowoc, WI 54220
phone: 920-686-1166
fax: 920-686-1227


John - Presiding Judge

Brian - Catering and Large Group Reservations

Kerry - Office Manager
By Order of His Honor, this Court will be open:

Monday - Friday:
11:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M.


Serving 4:30 - 9:30 P.M.
Bar opens at 4:00 P.M.

The Courthouse Pub is Open After All Friday and Saturday Shows at the Capital Civic Centre.

The Court is Closed on Sunday.

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During Prohibition, F. Willinger’s Beer Hall became known as the Court Café. At about this same time, the owners constructed an addition to the south of the original building, giving it the “L” shaped appearance so popular in Greek Revival frame buildings and creating the footprint that remains today. Note the Rahr Malting Company in the background of this photo -- known during Prohibition as the Cereal Products Company.
In the late 1930’s, the Pekel family purchased the Court Café and renamed it “Pekel’s Colonial Inn.” W.M. Willinger (assumed to be a relative of the original owners) located his insurance and investment firm above the restaurant. By this time, the white clapboard exterior had been covered with asphalt shingles.

This undated picture of the interior of the Colonial Inn provides a glimpse of the restaurant’s early appearance. Even though each owner has made changes to the building, much of the interior look and feel of the Pekel’s Colonial Inn remains.

In place of the large banquet table that recently occupied this space, Pekel’s Colonial Inn provided diners with musical entertainment from an electronic organ. Local entertainer Milt Detjen was one of the people who provided this musical background for dining.

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