Supper Club History
For anyone who has grown up in Wisconsin, the Supper Club is a very special institution associated with good times, friends and family.
What is a Supper Club?
A supper club is a type of dining establishment which originally appeared in the U.S. in the 1930s and 1940s as a public dining-out experience primarily open only for the evening meal of "supper."
Typically, a supper club offers a menu of casual American food, such as steaks or "surf and turf" served in a slightly formal setting. Jacket and tie may be required at some establishments. Typically, the supper club serves as both a restaurant and a night club, with the patrons expected to remain after dining for dancing, music, and other night club entertainment.
Existing supper clubs are more common in the Upper Midwest states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan, although "supper clubs" can be found throughout the U.S.. However, supper clubs are not exclusive to the United States. They also exist in Europe, particularly in the United Kingdom.
For further reading, see Brenda K. Bredahl's article on Wisconsin Supper Clubs in the Chicago Tribune, featuring Trail's Lounge
From Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia: Supper Clubs
More on the history of Supper Clubs from the Wisconsin Historical Society