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Wausau American Legion golf course, bar, restaurant will stay open


WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) -  Local business executives and the American Legion Post 10 have reached an agreement to reopen the golf course, bar, and restaurant under new management.

A news release issued late Monday says investor Richard D. Dudley is placing an undisclosed sum of venture capital funding into the golf course, bar, and restaurant business. Entrepreneur Dan Maas will revamp and manage the restaurant, bar, and golf course operations.

Dudley said that “as a World War II veteran and a Wausau booster, I could not imagine the American Legion going down the tubes.” He enlisted son John Dudley and his investment company president Paul Schlindwein to do, “everything we could to keep that from happening.”

Maas says, “There is much work to be done to update an outdated kitchen, but, when the time is right, casual, Wisconsin comfort food will be the focus.” Maas is well known in the Central Wisconsin area for his success at the Chatterbox in Wausau, and as one of the founders of the WISH, Wisconsin Steakhouse, Weston.

The American Legion Post 10 Commander Ervin Kruesel is, “extremely pleased to know that the American Legion’s financial issues are resolved and that it will remain a viable meeting location for area veterans.”

Kruesel says, “Personally, it’s a monkey off our back to try to run a business with volunteers even though you have management. This way, we can do more for our veterans, our youth, and our community.”

As part of the agreement, the 1,200-member Montgomery-Plant Post 10 will continue to use the facility. Kruesel says, “We will have our offices there. We will have a place to store our weapons and whatever, because we have an honor guard where we do 80 funerals a year. We also sponsor a baseball team and boy scout troup, plus we have the Auxiliary and the sons of American Legion, so all of the units that function together as the American Legion post will be there.”

Todd Clendenning will be returning as the golf course Superintendent. He is already making preparations for opening the course.