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Former tire shop, bar, restaurant razed today
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By noon today, one of Antigo’s most durable downtown buildings had been reduced to rubble.

Just after 6 a.m., a backhoe and other equipment from Duffek Sand & Gravel descended on the former Kackle Shack tavern in the 500 block of Superior Street. demolishing the decrepit structure to improve visibility, parking and access to the popular bbJack’s bar and restaurant located next door.

The building was purchased by members of the Stimac family, who operated bbJack’s, this spring, with an eye on demolition. It had been operated as the Kackle Shack until recently.

Bob Stimac, who owns bbJack’s, said that plans call for the area to be paved and striped for customer parking along with a general clean-up of the area.

The name Kackle Shack actually dates to the a previous reincarnation of the structure, which was once home to Antigo’s first Kentucky Fried Chicken.

For decades it was a gasoline dealership for Sinclair products, had area for automotive repair, most of that time under the ownership of Walter Utnehmer, who also operated Walt’s Tire Service at the site.

After his retirement during the middle 1960s, the station changed hands several times until closing and becoming a Mexican restaurant and the fried chicken outlet.


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The Kackle Shack was reduced to rubble this morning.
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