It was once a fire station. Now it serves up spicy fried chicken and other tavern fare.
The historic building, located along Appleton Avenue just south of Main Street, was used for a variety of government functions including a village hall, library and correctional facility, according to Wisconsin Historical Society records. The fire department vacated the building in 2015 upon completion of a new station.
Christopher Leffler, owner of Leff’s Lucky Town in Wauwatosa, bought the building from the village in 2018 and turned it into a bar and eatery. Hot House Tavern opened in fall 2019.