The Plaza Tavern has been a downtown Madison staple since 1930. It has hosted countless Badger tailgates, wedding parties, student get togethers, fundraisers, and family gatherings. Mary and Harold Huss created the Plaza Sauce recipe in 1963 that is still being enjoyed today. The business was passed to their children Tom, Kathy, Peg and Jim in the mid 80’s. The current owner Dean Hetue started working for the family in 1980. Both Erica DeRosa and Ian Miller started In the mid 90’s and were in the process of taking the reigns of ownership when the impact of COVID-19 derailed the business.
With limited or no indoor/outdoor seating, the revenue from carry and delivery food is a fraction of The Plaza’s overhead. Any funds created will First cover the basic monthly costs of being open. As restrictions ease and The Plaza can open more to the public, any funds received will help with hiring new staff until a time the business can sustain itself.
Dean, Erica and Ian have been volunteering their time without pay to continue serving the Plaza food so many have grown to love. While they are committed to keeping the tradition alive, this isn’t sustainable for an extended period of time. Financial help has come from many of the wonderful regulars and friends, and has been greatly appreciated and needed. Go Fund Me will hopefully add the broader reach needed to make it through this difficult spot in Plaza history.
The Plaza needs your help to remain alive. Whether you donate yourself or send the link to all your friends, you can’t imagine how much it is appreciated. Thank you for being part of The Plaza legacy!
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