A supper club, in general, refers to a dining establishment that also functions as a social club...Supper club in United States is an American dining establishment generally found in the Upper Midwestern states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan. These establishments typically are located on the edge of town in rural areas. They were traditionally thought of as a "destination" where patrons would go to spend the whole evening, from cocktail hour to enjoying night club style entertainment after dinner. They feature a casual and relaxed atmosphere.
So it's a restaurant, but more.
Here in this area, we had the Pyramid Supper Club. Established in the early 1960s, it featured an Egyptian theme, right down to its pyramid-shaped architecture and interior decorations in Egyptian motifs.
The above postcard is from our family collection. The woman at the front table is my mother (the man next to her, according to my dad, was a salesman recruited for the shot).
So a pyramid-themed supper club in the middle of a cornfield in Wisconsin? Hey, why not. It was indeed a very successful establishment while under its original ownership and management for several decades.
My mother worked at the Pyramid from its early days, first as a waitress and later a bartender and hostess. (I also worked there briefly in the late '70s as a coat check). Here are some of the uniforms my mom wore through the years.
Hemlines were going up (as were the hairdos) during this period in history, and these uniforms tell the tale!
My mom helped design and sew several of the uniforms for herself and other waitresses. I particularly remember the unique fitted number with the pleated skirt and shoulder scarf. She had to order several bolts of white polyester double-knit and yards upon yards of teal and gold ribbon trim. We had quite the flurry of activity at our house for several weeks that year, waitresses coming and going through her sewing room door to be measured and fitted. It was all quite entertaining!
And here is one of the first miniature menus. This one is dated 1962. Check out those prices!
I hope to watch the Wisconsin Supper Clubs movie in its entirety at some point. Since the Pyramid had already closed, it wasn't part of the film but is mentioned on the film's website. I am happy to have fond memories of the place and its fine people, and an appreciation for the role it played in both the local economy and our family's.
Brandy Old Fashioned, anyone?
I'll be linking to Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady. Click to visit for more fun and fascination from time gone by!