Altona attracts people to New Holstein
By Mark Sherry
Jason Hunsader (left) and David Braun, owners of the Altona Supper Club, stand on the new patio they constructed off the North Room of the supper club. The young men have done improvement projects each of the five years they have owned the Altona, and that has helped attract regular customers from some distance.

New Holsteiners stopping in at the Altona Supper Club always seem to notice a lot of unfamiliar faces among the dining clientele.

That is a good thing for both the Altona and the community.

For Altona owners David Braun and Jason Hunsader, it means people are coming from far and wide to enjoy the dining at the Altona. From a community’s standpoint, it is always a good thing to have an attraction such as the Altona to bring visitors in so they can see what else the city has to offer.

And why wouldn’t people come from some distance to enjoy the Altona? It offers great food and plentiful servings at very reasonable prices—the kind of value Wisconsinites love. And thanks to the continuing efforts of Hunsader, Braun and their employees, the surroundings at the Altona are very comfortable and just get better every year.

“Every year we do a project,” Braun said. “We do a lot of it ourselves,” although they do bring in licensed contractors for such things as plumbing and electrical work.

Bathrooms remodeled

In the past year the projects were a complete remodeling of the main bathrooms and the installation of a new outdoor patio off the North Room. A similar patio was installed several years ago off the East Room, and the glass doors leading to the patio did such a good job brightening the room that it encouraged the owners to do the same thing for the North Room. “We wanted to lighten the area,” Hunsader said.

The young owners of the Altona said the patios really work well for parties on days when the weather is nice.

This year’s anticipated projects will include new flooring throughout much of the dining and bar area, removing most of the carpeted areas and replacing it with tiling which has a wood appearance. In addition, they said they would like to remodel the bathrooms in the east room and redo the entire room to try to expand the dining area.

Still on their already full plates— perhaps two or three years from now— will be the construction of a much larger banquet facility on the north side of the building, they hope.

Braun and Hunsader said they will mark their fifth year of ownership in May, and both said they believe their

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Altona Supper Club has exceeded their expectations. While their own efforts have a lot to do with that, they are quick to credit a lot of other factors—not the least of which are their employees. A number of those people are family members— including their mothers—but even the non-family members have been loyal, long-term employees. “Pretty much all the people have been here since we’ve started,” Hunsader said.

Working with businesses

The men also credit area businesses with sending diners their way. They commented that it is nice to have the building to their immediate north filled now by Gruett’s-New Holland. Other businesses in the neighborhood such as Honeymoon Acres, Seasons by Design, Tractor Supply and Raether Chiropractic also bring people to the community who might decide to stop in for lunch or supper at

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