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Bob and Joni's in Langlade is a family legacy that continues growSubmitted: 07/27/2017
LANGLADE - A legacy that started in 1947 lives on in the small community of Langlade. 

Bob and Joni's bar has gone through three generations of owners and a few name changes since it opened more than 70 years ago. 

However, one thing has remained the same. 

"If you're not laughing, smiling, having a good time, you're probably at the wrong bar," said Bob and Joni's manager Jeremy Walters.

35- year-old Jeremy Walters jumped at the chance to help at his family's bar.

"You're supposed to be 18, I'm pretty sure I was a little early on that," said Walters. 

Walters' grandfather opened the bar in 1947 as the Northern Lights. 

It was passed along to Walters' father. 

Now Walters' manages the same bar, now Bob and Joni's. 
 
When Walters' grandfather first opened the bar, it used to attract 20 people.

 After more than 70 years in business, a lot has changed.


"Just the volume of people coming through the business I think he'd be blown away by that," said Walter's.
 
In the last couple of years Walters' has added a beer garden, live music and tube rides to the bar. On a regular Friday night the bar sees about 250 people. 

"The atmosphere is like no other," said Walters'.

Seeing his 11-year- old son run around the bar, reminds Walters of the days when his dad led by example, and taught him everything he needed to know to carry on the family's legacy. 

"How to treat people well and that kind of stuff," said Walters'.

The name of the bar has changed from grandfather to father and then to son. 

However,  you can always count on seeing a Walters' behind the bar. 

"I have two boys so I want to keep it going. If it's something they want to do it'll be available for them, like it was for me," said Walters'.

Bob and Joni's is also known for its watersports and live music on Friday nights.



Story By: Phylicia Ashley

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