‘Piece of Menasha history’: Mihm’s closing this June

The last burgers will be served June 25.
Published: May. 2, 2022 at 8:13 PM CDT
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MENASHA, Wis. (WBAY) - A longtime Fox Cities hamburger joint said the sizzle of griddles will stop this June.

Mihm’s Charcoal Grill is shutting down on June 25 after nearly 65 years in business, according to their Facebook page.

“It has meant so much to us the last 21 years to be able to run a successful business in our hometown and be able to give back to the community we love,” Mihm’s posted on social media. “We would like to thank each and every one of you for being part of this journey as you are the best customers on the planet!”

The owners hoped to sell the business “but it was not meant to be.”

“Everyone’s going to miss this place and it’s unfortunate but that’s the nature of the business, I guess,” Shane Neubauer of Neenah said.

The news left regulars feeling a little nostalgic.

“I used to come here when I was a kid and it’s been a staple here forever so I’m a little disappointed,” Neubauer continued.

Diner Barbara Schwaller said, “You lose a landmark and I think we are going to be missing a lot of people coming to this area.”

Mihm’s attracted customers both near and far.

“My sister lives in Detroit. First thing she does when she comes into town is say ‘let’s go get a Mihm’s burger,’” Menasha Council President Stan Sevenich mentioned.

The restaurant first opened its doors in 1958 before moving across the street to its current location in 1979.

Locals said while the food will be missed, generations of memories make the goodbye a hard one.

“You just lose something that means a lot to a lot of people. You hate to see old things go,” Appleton resident Sue Ballou said. “There’s nothing like a burger dripping with butter.”

Back in December the owners said they were considering retirement and looking to sell the restaurant.

The owners haven’t ruled out a last-minute sale. and their Facebook post ended on a hopeful note.

“No one knows what the future holds and we will continue to look for someone to take over this piece of Menasha history.”

The news left regulars feeling a little nostalgic.

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