For the last 25 years, Nisleit's Country Inn has opened its doors on Thanksgiving to anyone who wants a free meal, whether they cannot afford it or if they simply want the company of others for their holiday meal.

While Nisleit's will no longer exist, its Thanksgiving tradition will continue on in the same location through General Wooster's Saloon and Grill.

The owners of Nisleit's, first opened in 1981, converted the supper club into General Wooster's starting with a soft opening Nov. 8.

According to owner Steve Nisleit, the decision came as a result of the declining business of a supper club.

“We want to create a fresh dining experience that is more flexible and accessible to patrons,” Nisleit said of General Wooster's, which will also offer catering and take-out options upon its grand opening in January.

For those in the Port Washington area who were sad to see the supper club close, Nisleit said that General Wooster's will continue to serve some of the more popular dishes from Nisleit's, including prime rib, shrimp, and French onion soup, to accompany the new menu items that will be more in line with a bar and grill.

While some things may change with the new restaurant, the one constant will be the free meals on Thanksgiving.

“We definitely wanted to keep that tradition going as our means of giving back to the community,” said Nisleit. Members of the community remain committed to the Nisleit tradition, as volunteer positions this year for the meal distribution have already filled up. However, the restaurant is still accepting donations in the forms of food and money.

General Wooster's will offer free meals on Thanksgiving from 11am to 3pm at Nisleit's original location, 3704 Higland Drive, Port Washington.

For more information on the restaurant and how to donate, contact the restaurant at 262-284-9006 or visit their website at

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