Gooch’s A-1 Bar & Grill Rebuild Benefit

In August of 2019, an unfortunate accident caused the historic landmark to catch fire. Despite the efforts of emergency responders throughout Vilas and Oneida County, the building ended up a total loss. Construction has begun on the new Gooch’s A-1 Bar and Grill located at 6215 County Highway M in Boulder Junction and plans are to reopen this spring. The process has been has slow and although the business was insured, costs to keep the project going along with lawyer fees are above Kevin and Laurel Gutjahr’s means.
Friends of Gooch and Laurel, along with community organizations, are pulling together to help raise funds to help keep the rebuild going. The general public is invited and encouraged to attend the “Get’cha Gooch On Benefit” on Saturday, February 22 at the Boulder Junction Community Center. Doors along with a cash bar will open 5pm at which time ticket sales for a 50/50, bucket drawings and card board drawing will begin. Dinner (brats & hamburgers) will be served at 6:30pm and live music by Refuse to Rust will be from 7:30pm to 10pm. Entrance fee is $10.00 per person and includes dinner.

There are two ways to donate for those not able to attend the benefit.  1) Through this GoFundMe account or 2) mail a check payable to: Gooch’s A-1 Benefit, PO Box 272, Boulder Junction, WI 54512.

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  • Susan Sedler 
    • $100 
    • 6 hrs
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 10 hrs
  • Jim and Rachel Moseley 
    • $50 
    • 3 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 4 d
  • Brian/Melinda Wiegele 
    • $250 
    • 4 d
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Theresa Smith 
Boulder Junction, WI
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