By Martha Keeffe —
“Sometimes you can see the potential a place has and you just go for it,” says Corynn Wieland, part of the 4 Sisters group, as to why they decided to open Creekside Grill & Pub at the former location of The Fieldhouse at W5450 Keil Coulee Road in the town of Medary.
Overlooking a road that winds itself through a quiet valley, Creekside Grill & Pub is surrounded by tree-covered bluffs, creating the perfect setting in which to enjoy a peaceful evening on the patio or host an elegant outdoor wedding. “The setting had a lot to do with why we chose to open here,” says Wieland. “We fell in love with how beautiful this place is.”
To make the most of the existing property, the restaurant and grounds are in the process of getting a major makeover. Wood floors have been added to complement the existing vaulted wood ceilings and natural light, which gives the cozy dining room a rustic, yet contemporary, cabin feel. A separate sports bar invites guests to check out a daily happy hour special, while three distinctively unique outdoor patios, a private lower-level dining area, and plans to add fire pits, a shuffleboard and beanbag toss will provide customers with options—and distractions—to keep them happy and entertained. “We want people to feel comfortable and welcome, enough so that they don’t feel rushed,” says Wieland.
That same sentiment extends to their on-site business, 4 Sisters Catering and Wedding Day Designs, which features a large white outdoor tent with a concrete floor, six chandeliers, lush white leather modular furniture, spot lighting, and ample seating to accommodate 400 guests. Plus, an outdoor walk-way, staging area and garden archway arbor provide creative options for the bride and groom.
Yet, with all the 4 Sisters group has on its plate, including the 4 Sisters Wine Bar & Tapas Restaurant and the 4 Sisters 4th Street Bar in La Crosse, the menu at Creekside has retained the spin on flavor that 4 Sisters has become known for. From locally crafted beers to refreshing mojitos—with mint and basil grown on-site—you’ll be sure to find the perfect beverage to wash down an order of buffalo chicken wontons or bang bang shrimp, both of which have a nice kick without overpowering the subtle hints of blue cheese or tender shrimp. And once you’ve sampled the appetizers, you won’t want to stop. The jalapeno popper bacon burger, chicken waffle bites with pepper jelly syrup, and a loaded potato burger on a homemade tater tot waffle bun are just a few of the new items on the menu. Though this is hardy, eat-with-your-fingers food, the fare is surprisingly crisp, light, and lacking the weight of greasy-spoon dining. Even the breading and potatoes are fried to perfection.
“We’re always looking to make the most of what we have,” explains Weiland. “Whether that pertains to our venue or our food, we like to give it a twist.”
Stop by Creekside Grill & Pub at W5450 Keil Coulee Rd. off of County Road B in La Crosse, Wisconsin. For more information visit www.creeksidelacrosse.com or call (608) 881-6525.