Mikey’s Bar & Grill to repurpose Trinity Lutheran stained glass
By Layton Norris
PLOVER – Mikey’s Bar & Grill plans to incorporate historical stained glass into their new location which will open in several months in the expanding Artist & Fare center.
The glass was recovered from the historic Trinity Lutheran church in Plover before it was demolished.
According to public records, the historic Trinity Lutheran church was initially seized by Portage County in 2020 due to seven years of unpaid property taxes and was later declared too expensive to rehabilitate because of harsh damage. Portage County then decided to pursue the demolition of the building which was eventually carried out by Kyle Kluck Trucking and Excavating.
The stained glass along with other materials were salvaged by American Relics and The Opera House from Trinity Lutheran before it was demolished. According to the Opera House, they were able to salvage multiple materials from the church that they will use in the redevelopment of the Opera House.
“Wildcard Worx, the general contractor for The Opera House redevelopment project, successfully deconstructed and conserved the original pressed metal ceiling ornamentation, the maple flooring throughout the nave, many of the doors and associated wood trim and the original brass chandelier that once hung in the center of the nave,” stated the Opera House.
American Relics, which is an architectural antique and salvage company, was responsible for removing the stained glass windows from the building. Upon removing the windows, the owner of American Relics Dan
Kearns advertised the windows for sale and they were sold to the owner of Mikey’s Bar & Grill, Mike Masgay within two days.
“A friend of mine has an antique shop that sells my stuff and I allowed him to post [the windows] on the internet and we actually brought it back to Wausau and two days later it was back in Plover,” commented Kearns.
Masgay plans to incorporate the stained glass windows into the design of the new Mikey’s Bar & Grill location.
“We thought It’d be interesting to keep the windows right in the Stevens Point/Plover area,” expressed Masgay. “We plan on incorporating them into the design of the new location.”
The construction of the new Mikey’s Bar & Grill location is underway and is progressing as planned.
“The interior construction continues to evolve and get more complete. Every day the process takes another small step in the right direction. it’s really starting to take shape and it takes a little less imagination each day to [envision] what we’re doing,” said Masgay. “The project overall will probably evolve over a number of years but we’re getting to the point where I would say in the next couple of months phase one of construction should be pretty well wrapped up and we’ll be ready to focus a little more on the finishing touches.”
Masgay, who is one of the developers who own the Artist & Fare center along with the adjacent former Younkers building explained that the amount of business occupying the Artist & Fare center is expected to dramatically increase over the next year.
“We currently have six or seven businesses over there but over the coming year that should increase dramatically. Also, with the addition of the Younkers space, we’ll have some larger tenants,” informed Masgay.
Both Kearns and Masgay feel that it is important to recover historic materials.
“It’s really important. [By preserving historic materials] You’re preserving the past almost like a museum piece and you’re able to reuse the pieces in new architecture and design,” explained Kearns. “I think it’s important to keep [historic pieces] close to the people who are connected to them but also to give them a new purpose,” expressed Masgay.
The opening date of the new Mikey’s Bar & Grill location is unknown.