"There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy." Robert Louis Stevenson
Spring Hours beginning April 12
Wednesday 5:00-8:00 $3 wines
Thursday 5:00-8:00 $3 pint specials
Rivers Eatery loses a good friend – Steve Tilford
On April 5th, we lost a wonderful friend, Chequamegon Fat Tire champion, world and national champion and one our favorite people we’ve ever known.
To the cycling world Steve is a legend. The story of his life and tragic death has been told by every cycling outlet in the country and by many around the world.
To us, Steve was just a great guy. He treated our family like his own. We looked forward to seeing him whenever he came to town and missed him as soon as he left.
Unlike most of the people in Steve’s life, we didn’t know him from cycling. We only knew him from the restaurant and the time we spent with Steve, his friends and his beautiful partner Trudi after hours. That made for an interesting relationship.
Our discussions were about life, scientific breakthroughs, investments, politics, his blog, doping, and animals. Steve loved animals as much as he loved humans. One of his blog posts pictured him with one of our bunnies – the post read “I got to hold Lucy.” When our town had an explosion of cats, Steve stayed an extra day in Cable so he could get traps from the humane society so they could be caught and spayed. Steve was a bit of a cat whisperer - he had 9 of his own.
On Sunday April 23rd we’ll join hundreds of friends in Kansas to honor Steve. Most will be there to honor his character - the fact that he was one of the greatest cyclists our country has ever known will be secondary.
We still shake our heads in disbelief. We had many conversations left to finish. He was our hero. Our family will think of Steve a little bit, all day long - forever.
To learn more about Steve Tilford and yourself, visit the blog that he wrote for many years at stevetilford.com. Be sure to read the comments as well. It is a beautiful conversation that falls somewhere between Socrates and Will Rogers.
Thanks for a great winter!We had a fun season with lots of music from Molly, the Danger Band and Truegrass; a tap takeover by Door County; an historic Birkie and Fat Bike Birkie; perfect conditions for the Pre-Birkie, Seeley Classic and North End Classic.
We have 3 Iconic bike races coming up this Spring in Cable - The Hungry Bear 100 gravel race; The Cheq 100 singletrack race; and, The Borah Epic singletrack race. Join us for the same quality food, drink and hospitality you've come to expect from Rivers. See you soon.
Why do your hours change?
While the circle we draw our customers from is hundreds of miles in radius, the circle we draw our staff from is 30 miles in radius. That 30 mile circle is very lightly populated and those that live here are usually happily employed. So, when our staff returns to college or high school we need to cut our hours back. We are fully aware that there are plenty of folks looking for a place to eat, just not as many looking for work.
It's part of running a consistent business in the north woods. We are more interested in the quality of your experience than making another buck. Some how we still manage to kick out 25,000 pizzas a year and have fun doing it.
Be sure to check the website and email for weekly hours all year long. Thanks for understanding.
Free Beer During Seeley Classic?
Yep. On the weekend of the Seeley Classic - of which Rivers Eatery is a 9 year sponsor, two of our patrons, Dan Sheutz and Jason Bolz, bought 100 beers for anyone that cared to join them for a toast to the north woods. We had such a good time, we poured another 60 for good measure. It's guys like "shitz and bolz" that make the Rivers Eatery and the Cable community what it is. Thanks guys!. They've already put
2060 on the board for next time!
Join Our Team!
The Rivers Eatery is always looking for team-oriented individuals to join our staff. We have year round part time positions. The positions involve all tasks associated with the preparing of our pizza and the care and cleaning of our facility. There are enough additional hours to make these 3/4 time positions if desired. These are not bartender positions. We are a thriving business in a healthy atmosphere. Come join us!
Potential hours are:
June - August
4:30-9:30 Wednesday thru Saturday
September - May
4 - 9 Wednesday thru Saturday
***The Rivers is closed for three weeks in March and November
$12,000-$14,000 per year for approximately a half time job.
Always great beers at Rivers Eatery
Look for beers from Angry Minnow, Founders, Fulton, Bent Paddle, Surly, OSO, South Shore, Bells and other great beers from WI, MI and MN. 13 Micros on tap!
Many new beers on tap
Yes, 9 years later we are still serving those "bitter beers". Along side some great IPAs we also have a great assortment of porters, stouts, witbiers and others. We have 14 microbrews on tap mostly from Northern WI, Michigan and Minnesota with a couple special brews from around the country that we find interesting or that support causes we believe in. Our standbys are always available with new beers in the rotation every week. Check out our dozens of microbrews by the bottle as well as some of our favorite beers in six packs and 4 packs to go.
Outside Magazine's Nordic Mecca: Train like a Pro
What makes Cable so special are the amazing trails and those that groom them. Did you know we have dozens of miles of groomed single track fat bike trails and the greatest nordic skiing in America? Don't believe us? Just read Outside Magazine's Nordic Ski Mecca article referencing our very own Rivers Eatery as the place to be. http://www.outsideonline.com/1928796/america’s-nordic-skiing-meccas
Our goal is to serve quality food at a reasonable price in a timely manner.
Introducing $3 Wine Wednesdays!
Beginning December 9th, The Rivers Eatery will be open on Wednesday nights. Similar to our Thursday night River Pig and Spotted Cow $2 beers, we will offer $3 wines on Wine Wednesday at the Rivers. Additionally, we will offer 4 salads each Wednesday for those that are looking for a pizza alternative - Of course we will still offer our full menu of pizzas and appetizers.
As is the case with all of our marketing, we are using word of mouth as our primary communication method. Let's make $3 wine night as successful and fun as the $2 beer night. Ski, snowshoe, or ride your fatty, then stop by for a glass of wine and some conversation. Hope to see you Wednesdays starting December 9.
Rivers Eatery in the Media
Chicago Tribune on Birkie, Cable and Rivers Eatery
Here is an accurate appraisal of the Rivers Experience.
StarTribune visits the Enchanted Forest and The Rivers Eatery
An excellent summation of the Cable experience.
Discover Wisconsin visits The Rivers Eatery
Emmy Fink and crew make their own Spirit Creek Pizza with local BB sauce, local organic sauerkraut, organic pork and of course WI cheese.
Mountain Bike Action Magazine visits Cable
John Ker, hall of fame photographer, rides the green tunnel with the Rivers Eatery Crew.
Rivers Eatery listed as a Top 10 Adventure Bar
Annie Hart's Rivers Eatery Birkie Blog
Annie is a world class skier, gifted writer, great friend and a former Rivers employee.
We opened The Ideal Market and The Rivers Eatery on June 18, 2008.