Twenty-nine years ago, Keith Colalillo, his brother Tim and father Al created a homestyle restaurant at the intersection of Highway 53 and County Rd B in Hawthorne, WI. Becky Hebb was hired as a waitress four years into the business. A year ago, Tim Colalillo, passed away and Keith entrusted Becky with managing the location, knowing her 25 years of experience had covered the various duties of the restaurant and bar, including managing the kitchen, ordering supplies, and other responsibilities.
The Covered Wagon is a comfortable homey environment with dining area, counter service, and an adjacent bar. Many who are retired enjoy the fellowship of a good hot breakfast, lunch, or dinner sharing fellowship of family and friends. The family atmosphere welcomes adults and children of all ages with a menu to satisfy all.
To keep the home cooked brand consistent, the kitchen staff are diligent in choosing menu items. Mashed potatoes come from real potatoes not dried. Food is chosen for quality and created into homemade dishes welcomed by the patrons. Having a cook like Rose Brown, who has been on staff for nine years, contributes to the consistency of menu and efficiency. Covered Wagon staff pride themselves on providing excellent and efficient service to all of their guests. Among the specialties is the homemade pizza created by Ron Johnson. He says, “If you want a good pizza, send in the fat guy!” Thursday is Pizza Night, and Ron is in his element crafting perfect pizzas.
Their customer base is derived from tourists, summer, winter residents and recreational enthusiasts. During football season Becky says the crowds increase. Golf leagues and organizations often schedule their meetings and banquets at the Covered Wagon. Special events for family, showers, receptions are often held there as well. Becky says there was a marked increase in business when highway 53 became four lanes as traffic increased. Another benefit for traffic to stop is that patrons can refill their gas tanks at the Covered Wagon fuel pumps.
One of the qualities of Covered Wagon is not only the delicious homemade food , but also the customer service. Entering the restaurant, no matter when, a welcome from Becky or staff is offered. She knows her customers by name, their favorite beverages, meals or even desserts. Customers often share their joys, sorrows, favorite stories of their family and more with the staff.
Thanksgiving week, roast turkey and baked chicken will be available for “dinner at mama’s house” family meal. Covered Wagon will be closed on Thanksgiving. Next time you are looking for a new place to enjoy a great meal, stop by Covered Wagon. You’ll leave with a satisfied smile on your face.