Rock Garden Supper Club
Multi-Faceted Facility Offers Dining, Lodging & More For Green Bay’s Community
Green Bay, Wis.
Rock Garden Supper Club established itself as a stalwart in the community in the mid-1970s. Opened by husband-and-wife team Bruce and Dorothy Wolf in Green Bay, Wis., the sprawling banquet hall was a popular destination for weddings, business meetings and noteworthy celebrations. So much, in fact, that the Wolfs decided to build an adjacent lodging facility.
By the 1980s, Comfort Suites Green Bay was born and it had a definitive, built-in audience. From business travelers to visitors coming into town for weddings, the facility’s guests finally had an on-premises place to crash before and after their functions. In addition to 115 guest rooms, the property features the contemporary American-focused 1951 West, water park attraction Splash!, and the renovated Rock Garden meeting and wedding reception facility. The best part is that the Wolfs continue to run a tight, family-owned operation, offering personal accents every chance they get.
“Not only is the restaurant awesome for hotel guests, but it really reaches out to the local demographic as well.”—Aaron Wolf
“We’re fortunate to be in the community for so long that people know about our regular deals, so that sets us apart from our competition,” says Aaron Wolf, son of Bruce and Dorothy Wolf and general manager of Comfort Suites Green Bay. “Not only is the restaurant awesome for hotel guests, but it really reaches out to the local demographic as well.
“Sometimes the restaurant is an afterthought with hotel properties, which typically don’t make a connection with local residents. We had the advantage of operating as a (local) restaurant first, so the community felt as though they knew us.”
Longtime weekly specials at 1951 West also help drive in local traffic, says Wolf. Tuesdays feature an all-you-can-eat pasta bar in which the chef whips up dishes made to order; prime rib is the special on Wednesdays and Saturdays; and a buffet brunch with carving and omelet stations, chocolate fountain and dessert table are showcased on Sundays.
“We’re fortunate to be in the community for so long that people know about our regular deals, so that sets us apart from our competition.”—Aaron Wolf
A popular annual promotion is a “secret Santa” coupon that is given out to every guest during the holiday season. Guests then bring in the coupon through February to find out if they’ve won an overnight stay at the hotel or complimentary dinner, dessert or drinks.
Wolf says that 1951 West attracts a variety of diners, from family-friendly groups to business types out for a casual lunch. He adds that they effortlessly accommodate everyone’s needs.
“We want everybody to feel like this is a great place for them,” he says.