Chuck and Connie Brandt
Location and Contact Info:
2031 Lathrop Ave., Racine, WI 53405,
(262) 633-8951, bucketspub.com
Hours of Operation:
11 a.m. – 1 a.m. Monday – Sunday.
Serving food until midnight.
Sports Bar and Grill
Most Popular Items:
Chicken Wings, Burgers, Beer, Fish Fry,
Daily Homemade Soups
51 TVs, sports viewing, private banquet room
About the Owners:
After owning the Riverside Pub near Horlick Dam for nearly three years, Chuck and Connie Brandt decided to not renew their lease. So on Jan. 1, 1984 they bought the former Shakey’s Pizza building and after extensive remodeling opened Buckets Pub just a month later. During the 34 years since, they’ve enlarged the kitchen and added an outdoor beer garden, banquet room and four-season room. Several of their 21 faithful employees (14 full time) have been there throughout the journey, some for 20-30 years and many for over 10 years. “We consider them part of our family,” the couple agreed. Daughter Christie Grochowski, the youngest of their three children, tells people she grew up in a bar and started helping out with the family business when she was 5. She now handles the marketing and helps with back of the house duties, while also teaching part time. While they consider themselves a bar first, their food business has developed a large following. Five chefs work in the kitchen and in addition to traditional grilled fare, they’ve also added menu options for vegetarians and those counting calories. The Brandts appreciate the loyalty of the generations of customers who enjoy their place.