THE 615 CLUB
The 615 Club has been a Beloit landmark since 1936. Located at 615 Broad Street, the popular Wisconsin Supper Club is located just three blocks from the Beloit College campus. “The 615 Club has always had its place in Beloit history,” says Gregg Hatley, who along with his wife, RayAnn, are just the sixth owners of the restaurant’s proud history. “I just wanted a place that speaks for itself. It was here way before me and I’m proud to own it.”
The Hatleys bought the supper club seven years ago. For eight months, they worked tirelessly until 2 a.m. every morning, renovating and expanding the restaurant, which is located in an early 20th-century house. The renovation included adding 1,500 square feet of new space, which has doubled the restaurant in size, allowing more space for special events such as corporate dinners, business meetings and larger celebrations. “The restaurant is more versatile than before,” says Gregg.
The 615 Club is known for its outstanding menu: steaks, chops, seafood, rack of lamb, and a variety of other entrees. “We hand cut all our steaks, and we offer fresh fish every week – Alaskan king crab, lobster, you name it,” says Gregg. The dessert menu is out of this world, too. How do you choose between grasshopper pie, caramel apple pie, chocolate lava cake and creme brulee?
Inside, The 615 Club has a clean, subtle look and feel when it comes to aesthetics. Most of the items adorning the walls are old photographs and mementos donated by regular customers. “Less is more,” says Gregg. “We’re selective about what we put up on the walls.”
The restaurant relies on a solid reputation and word of mouth. “It’s been everything I thought it would be and more,” Gregg says. “This restaurant has always had a good reputation. People have been enjoying themselves here for years, and I wanted to put those good feelings back into place. The three things I wanted to have is good quality food, good service and good atmosphere.”
The 615 Club appeals not only to locals, but regional guests as well as professionals in town on business. The restaurant’s long history intrigues both people from the past, and those who are new to the area. “We resonate with all people,” Gregg says. “The 615 Club has always been a fixture in Beloit. It’s a quaint place with history. People really appreciate that.”