WAUSAU — A proposed zoning change would pave the way for Wausau’s Veterans of Foreign Wars to operate in a new location.

Dan Southworth, commander of VFW Burns Post 388, appeared Aug. 28 before the city’s plan commission to request a zoning change for 316 Sherman St. to allow for bingo and a number of fundraisers for the organization.

The property is currently zoned as a unified development district with Wausau World Market. The plan commission approved Southworth’s request to amend the general development and precise implementation plan for the location to allow the VFW to move forward with its plan, a move that requires full council approval.

The VFW in 2016 closed the organization’s lounge, restaurant and banquet hall at 388 River Drive and on Sept. 1, 2017, sold the building for $565,000 to Opportunity of North Central Wisconsin, Inc., according to the Marathon County land records system.

Wausau’s VFW post is named in honor of James and John Burns, brothers from Wausau who were killed fighting in France during World War I. The organization is still hosting weekly bingo and other events, many of which have been held at the Wausau Labor Temple while a new home is secured.

The city council will vote on the rezoning measure on Tuesday.

5 replies on “VFW eyes new location”

  1. AS A child of punk rock, and a lover of locally produced live music shows, I love VFW halls, and I hope there are more of them coming. And they support young kids, putting on small rock shows.

  2. Dino you must be thinking of Bingo and not live music shows. While they definitely support young kids with several different programs, the main focus is Veterans(VFW= Veterans of Foreign Wars) and their needs and concerns. I have been a member of the auxiliary for 20 years and as far as I know no concert has ever happened and I did laugh at the punk rock mention. The VFW’s membership dwindling and getting new members is becoming harder. If there are ANY Veterans out there check out the VFW and maybe a live concert could happen in the future!

  3. No, I am not. The VFW in Wausau at this location has hosted over 20 independently promoted all ages rock shows. From Metal to punk to acoustic music.

    1. The VFW would also have a gathering of musicians from around the state on Tuesday nights and they would play swing and dance music… very well attended…

  4. I am sorry I missed those rock shows at the VFW, I really can not remember – could very well have been when lived out of state. Uncle Sam was the boss then. As far as Tuesday nights, I know they had bands after steak night because I worked more than a few of them. I did not take those into consideration. I am happy to stand corrected. Can’t wait for the VFW to find a new home.

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