Owners Brian and Karen Swessel, along with the Pulaski Inn staff, pride themselves on the quality (and consistency) of the food and service which keeps bringing people back to their Inn year after year. Our food is homemade and prepared on premise from recipes developed over many years.
Brian, a 1981 graduate from the Waukesha Technical College School of Culinary Arts, has been at Pulaski Inn for 38 years and oversees all kitchen operations. Brian worked as a chef at the Clausing Barn Restaurant (operated by the Culinary School) while in school, then began at Pulaski Inn after graduation, working his way up to head chef. Although as owner he is now involved in all aspects of the business, his first love is cooking. He enjoys customizing menus and helping make each meal special and unique. Karen works directly with the customers booking events and helping to ensure that each party at Pulaski Inn goes as smoothly as possible.
Pulaski Inn is a unique and one-of-a-kind banquet facility. It’s reputation is built on high-quality, consistent homemade food and friendly, professional service at a fair price. It is a reputation that has been built over many years of dedication and hard work. We give each client our personal care and attention; you will not be shuffled between different managers or planners. And Brian or Karen are always on-premise during an event.
Brian and Karen genuinely enjoy owning and operating Pulaski Inn. It is a business with a long, unique and rich history that perhaps one day will be passed to their daughter, Monet Elizabeth. In the meantime, Brian and Karen strive to maintain the reputation of quality food and service that keeps bringing generations of families back to Pulaski Inn.
Pulaski Inn was built in 1905 by the Wojtysiak family as a hall with a stage. The first wedding reception was held in 1916 and during the 1920s, Polish plays became the main event in the hall. Its name was changed to Pulaski Soft Drinks Store and Hall during Prohibition. Roller skating became a popular activity on its oak floor, but Prohibition would eventually take its toll. The hall was sold to Stanley and Stella Glowacki in 1927.
During the great Depression, Pulaski Inn went through the first of many renovations including the excavation of the basement (which would become the lower banquet room). Stanley and Stella’s son, Raymond, and his wife Mary became the new owners in the late 1950s and began a renovation of the building’s exterior. By the late ’60s, Pulaski Inn had its own in-house catering. The last live theater performance was performed on stage in 1976.
Pulaski Inn has since become exclusively a banquet facility with its own in-house catering and staff. After working for the Glowacki’s for almost 18 years, Brian (along with his wife Karen) purchased the business on May 8, 1998 becoming only the third family to own Pulaski Inn in its 117 year old history.