Heritage at Harpoons!

Harpoon Willie's on William's Bay has been a Lake Geneva dining hot spot for years. It's got history (the building used to be a lumber company at the end of the railroad line), great views of the lake,  and lots of dedicated and enthusiastic regulars. While Harpoons was doing a great business, it needed more seating for large groups and a few pub height tables to keep things conversational.

Looking forward to having burgers at this roomy booth!

Looking forward to having burgers at this roomy booth!

Heritage was contracted this spring to improve the seating scope, while enhancing the history of the building and preserving the vibe of the place.

Owners Josh and Sara LaCroix and the Heritage team knocked around trainloads of ideas to bring out the lumber and railroad history of the building. Staying true to the Heritage way, we were successful in using all local materials for the project.

Gorgeously aged detail in the old wood makes you feel like staying awhile.

Gorgeously aged detail in the old wood makes you feel like staying awhile.

All the wood and repurposed materials hailed from Lake Geneva, Williams Bay, Walworth and Elkhorn. We even had in our stock an original door casing stamp from the old lumber company so we had to work that into the design!

Original lumber company door casing stamp from A. Hollister & Sons. 

Original lumber company door casing stamp from A. Hollister & Sons. 

We also got our hands on some railway rails, and used those to make steps for the pub height booth seating. We thought it would be a fantastic way to give a nod to the old railroad line that ended right there.

Authentic rail helps customers step into history.

Authentic rail helps customers step into history.

Railway steps frame age-old markings on reclaimed wood.

Railway steps frame age-old markings on reclaimed wood.

Rail step up to a corner booth creates height enough to match the pub tables.

Rail step up to a corner booth creates height enough to match the pub tables.

A variety of authentically weathered barn wood planks anchor the vintage design of Harpoon Willie's dining booths.

A variety of authentically weathered barn wood planks anchor the vintage design of Harpoon Willie's dining booths.

We love that Harpoon's owners care about what Heritage is all about- adding to their existing atmosphere by using local materials from the past. That, and the food (gluten-free options available!) is dynamite!

http://harpoonwillies.com/