Hugo’s has it all this summerLooking for a place to spend sultry summer nights? Perhaps you should visit Hugo’s, a popular and cozy little joint at any time of year. Whether you’re a regular or know next to nothing about Hugo’s, you’re in the right place.
By: Chaviely Dellinger, Lake County News Chronicle
Looking for a place to spend sultry summer nights? Perhaps you should visit Hugo’s, a popular and cozy little joint at any time of year. Whether you’re a regular or know next to nothing about Hugo’s, you’re in the right place.
“We are a bar, we have a general store, and we have a bottle shop,” owner Jody Hepola said, adding that “people often call us the community center of Brimson. We keep a very clean, friendly place. Many people will bring in their children or grandchildren for pizza or a Schwan’s ice cream treat.” Family friendly and equipped with three different types of stores, Hugo’s seems to have it all.
Hugo’s also boasts a very interesting décor. Most remarkable is its ceiling, which features old records.
“We have covered our ceiling with old record album cases - great conversation piece!” Remarked Hepola enthusiastically. Her clientele are equally upbeat about the establishment.
“We love Hugo’s!” Said regular customer Carol Dammer, adding “they’re more than just a bar. They’re a community center.”
As far as the Hepolas know , Hugo’s has been around since the 1920s, when a lot of bars were emerging throughout the states. The business was owned by a few different people until Hugo Hellman took over, running the watering hole and eatery until 2004. Hepola said she worked at Hugo’s prior to buying the place from a previous owner in 2008.
This summer Hugo’s is again hosting the Brimson Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. The market will continue through August.
“[It] will be great for the summer months,” said Hepola, “it’s just kind of a meeting place for people. Many people will just visit for a couple hours.” In addition to the Saturday market, Hugo’s has another gathering - taking place later in the week.
“In the summer months we do a weekly potluck on Thursdays that is very popular,” said Hepola. The cooler months will also have their share of fun.
On Sept. 7, there’ll be the annual tractor parade, and later in the fall, the Big Buck and Doe Contest is expected to be popular. Hepola said over 600 people participated last year and ten guns were given as prizes.
Hugo’s also hosts classes. Hepola said they include an antler basket class, a permit to carry class and a flint knapping class where students can learn to make their own arrow heads.
With all that’s happening, Hugo’s is bound to be a pretty hot spot this summer and beyond.