Bummy’s is a great place to gather
Old-fashioned corner bar offers great food, a place to meet
By Mike Mathes
Shawn Baumhardt is the properietor at Bummy’s Haus, corner of STH 32 and Garton Road in Howards Grove. He and his staff offer good old-fashioned hospitality, including bar and food service and a community meeting room for all sorts of gatherings.

At a young age, Shawn Baumhardt thought he wanted to be a teacher.

Things didn’t quite work out that way.

Although he has his teaching degree, he fancies the hospitality business these days. This month, Baumhardt who goes by the nickname “Bummy” celebrated his sixth anniversary as owner of one of Howards Grove’s community gathering places.

That would be Bummy’s Haus—a good old-fashioned corner bar with a history of serving as community gathering place.

Bummy’s Haus is located on the corner of Highway 32 and Garton road in Howards Grove—a spot many old-timers think of as downtown Millersville.

Bummy’s goal is to provide a place where the community can gather for food and hospitality.

To that end, Bummy’s Haus seems to have something happening just about every day of the week.

Tuesdays are Taco and $2 nights, as patrons are encouraged to come out for $2 hamburgers, brats and pints.

On Wednesdays, it’s Wing Night, with chicken wings providing the mainstay of the menu.

Thursdays are Chef’s Special Nights. You never know what Bummy’s will offer as the Thursday special, unless you happen by their Facebook page. “I have been trying to expand the menu by offering some different things on Thursdays. We have tried grilled haddock and broasted pork chops, as examples,” Bummy said.

Friday nights are fresh perch nights, with the perch being purchased directly and freshly from the Schwartz Fish Market in Sheboygan.

Football Sundays

Sundays are football day once the fall rolls around, as fans gather to cheer on the Packers and enjoy their favorite drink specials.

“We have specials during the games, and we always have raffles taking place. People like watching the games on our four plasma TVs,” he added.

“Every Packer season is different,” he said. People will latch onto a seasonal fad, then watch it quickly disappear.

In addition to the specials, Bummy’s Haus offers a complete menu of typical bar food.

Bummy’s will also provide for large orders of chicken and offers take-out service.

Lately, Bummy has been expanding into catering, as he has received a lot of requests from the community.

Hall available

The hall at Bummy’s Haus is a longtime community gathering place for various events. Complete with its own bar and bathrooms, the hall can host an event with people having to interact with the main bar room.

As a result, the room plays host to many types of events including birthday parties, anniversaries, weddings, family reunions, team banquets, business meetings, club meetings, seminars and just about any occasion you can imagine.

For more information about hall rentals, you can call Bummy’s Haus at 920-

565-2623.

A bit of history

With several names and different owners, Bummy’s Haus as always been a community gathering spot as a watering hole and eating establishment.

For several decades, the tavern and dining hall served the community under the Doro’s family name.

Justin Koenig and his wife Laura operated it as the Millersville Haus for four years before the magical connection with the current owner.

It was about that same time that Bummy figured he was more destined to be a bar tender than a teacher.

He had already worked for 14 years at the Log Cabin Inn and he was bartending at Corbins in Howards Grove.

“I was tending bar at another place when the Koenigs came in saying they heard I was looking for a place. Three or four months later, I was able to take over,” Baumstadt said.

That was August of 2006, and Bummy’s Haus became the new official moniker for the corner tavern on Garton and Highway 32.

“We have a great staff here. Many are holdovers from the Millersville Haus, while some even date back to the old Doro’s staff,” he said.

“We are fortunate to have all local people. This is their second job and they just seem to love working here. Certain employees have their own nights and they love the tradition,” he said.

Beyond employees, the Bummy’s owner credits family for his success. “You have to have good family connections to do this,” he said. “My dad and brother are electricians. Two of our bartenders are plumbers. They always seem to be fixing things because in the bar and food business everything breaks and everything usually goes wrong,” he noted.

Although single, Bummy recently became engaged to Lindsay Hellmer of Plymouth, a police officer in that city.