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Hogs and Kisses: 27 years of fun

--- Lake Geneva's hotspot

(Published July 16, 2007, 3:38 p.m.)

A bar and grill with the name Hogs and Kisses might sound like a wild hangout for Harley riders. But that's a bit of a stretch for this watering hole and great food provider that's been at 149 Broad St., Lake Geneva, 248-PIGS, for 27 years.

Actually the name came from the fact that the original owner, Gerry Ordman, made his money in the futures market in pork bellies. It has nothing to do with motorcycles and passion.

While this place is known as a hotspot on the weekend for younger party-goers, it's also a great place for everyone to stop in during the week for a good meal.

"We're known as Lake Geneva's hotspot on weekends," said Linda Chironis, general manager and partner with Ordman for the last 23 years in a news release. "We're one of the places to go for the out-of-town crowd on the weekend. But we serve some really good food and we do have a lot of families come in during the day on weekdays."

That good food includes such delights as their famous crabcakes, the barbecued ribs on Friday nights, or the $1 grilled shrimp specials on Wednesdays. Thursday you'll even find vegetarian specials offered. Homemade pizzas are served on Sunday-Tuesday from 6 p.m.-midnight as well.

"Everything's homemade," said Chironis. "We have homemade soups and chili and, of course, bar food such as sandwiches, brats, burgers, wraps and chicken."

The interior of Hogs and Kisses is an experience in itself. Beautiful and antique woodwork and architectural items as well as stained glass, most from old buildings in Chicago, adorn the interior. There's even an item whose previous home was a church.

Live music is another big attraction at this bar and grill. A popular night is the Tuesday Night Music Club with a killer lineup of live bands booked through Machine Records. Music starts at 8 p.m. and there is never a cover charge. Pizzas for $5 are served from 6-8 p.m. You can check out the line-up for this popular series at www.hogsandkisses.com.

"Just recently we had a great band here from Atlanta, Ga., who happened to be in the area," said Chironis. "We really have some cool music on Tuesdays."

Sundays also offer live music from 6-9 p.m. often featuring local groups with an emphasis on blues and R&B, and a DJ spins the tunes on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

The Sunday before Labor Day is the time for the annual "End of Summer" bash at Hogs and Kisses, a great reggae party. Every year King Solomon, a Milwaukee based reggae band, performs for this party.

Of course, drink specials are a big feature here as well. Mondays feature $3.50 pints of Smithwicks, Stella, Guinness or Bass. And Wednesday is a tropical sort of day with Corona, Corona Light or Pacifico beers for $2.50 and pints of mango and strawberry margaritas for $5. Friday is time for happy hour prices on beers and drinks. And Sunday features buckets of Bud Light for $10 from 6-9 p.m.

So whenever you're looking for something to do or good food to eat, try Hogs and Kisses, open every day at 11 a.m. except Tuesday when the doors open at 5 p.m.



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