Our Proud History
The building that houses Muk's Sports Pub has a long and storied history. As you can see in the above picture, back in 1896 they held bicycle races on Evans St. in front of the building. Back then our location was being used as a feed mill. The old oak wheel that was used as a pulley in the mill was removed from the rafters in April 1999. The only way to remove the wheel was while the roof was being rebuilt, since it was so large and heavy- and since it was suspended from the second story rafters all these years.
The building housed its first "Beer Garden" immediately following prohibition and has been serving beer ever since. Dutch Drulier was the proprietor and operated the business until the mid-30's. The owner with the second most tenure to date was Albert Bagshaw, who ran the business from the mid-30's until 1960. In 1960 Joe Nykodym bought the business and operated it for only a year until 1961. Back then there was a "quick lunch" diner and bowling alley attached to the building on the south side. The entrance to these businesses is still visible, as it is the doorway just east of the big screen TV, that was the 80's trophy room.
In 1961 Dick Crandall bought the business, and the place called "Dick's" became a favorite watering hole for the three shifts of employees at Tecumseh Products. It was very common to see the place filled to capacity with the third shifters at 7:00am. Ted Brooks also operated a butcher shop in the rear of the building (where the walk-in cooler now stands) during these "boom" times. The doorway to the butcher can be seen from outside, on the west side of the kitchen. The year 1974 brought in new ownership with the arrival of Dave and Joy Robinson. They renamed the business the "Wrong Way Pub". Although it was assumed that the business was named after the one-way street that ran in front of the building at the time, that was not the case. Apparently they became lost looking for another pub that was for sale and stumbled upon this location. The Robinson's did extensive brick remodeling. They were inspired to put a brick facade on the front of the building, covering large picture windows after a deer came crashing through the window one day. The deer was cornered and shot in the men's restroom by local law enforcement officials. Now you know why we have a deer blind in the kitchen. The Robinson's also expanded the floor space, encompassing the area where the women's restroom and keno machines now reside, uprooting a former barbershop.
Present ownership took over in December 1979, as Carey Wyler and Mike Pelkey decided to leave the big city and relocate to the wonderful community of Tecumseh. Pelkey left in 1981, and Carey Wyler operated the business himself until he brought in Bill Mukensturm as a partner in 1988.
Although present ownership has expanded on the kitchen and menu, and has brought a "sports" theme to the business, the core of the business still remains good friends and neighbors having a place to relax, share a few drinks, and enjoy each other's fellowship.
We sincerely hope your experience here is as memorable and warm as those that have come before you the past nine decades.
APRIL 13, 2004 WAS A VERY SAD DAY FOR US. ONE OF OUR BELOVED OWNERS, BILL MUKENSTURM, PASSED AWAY. IN MEMORY OF THIS MAN WHO'S DREAM WAS TO OWN AND OPERATE THIS FINE ESTABLISHMENT, WE HAVE CHANGED THE NAME OF THE BUSINESS FROM " WRONG WAY PUB" TO "MUK'S SPORTS PUB". WE WILL CONTINUE TO GIVE YOU THE FINEST FOOD, SERVICE AND HOSPITALITY TO WHICH YOU HAVE BECOME ACCUSTOMED.
BILL WOULD HAVE ACCEPTED NOTHING LESS