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March 23, 2015

Local Restaurant Owner Honored As Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year

Gerry Gadke, owner of The Orange Moose Bar & Grill located in Black River Falls, was honored as the Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year (OROY) by the Wisconsin Restaurant Association (WRA) West Wisconsin Chapter, consisting of Buffalo, Chippewa, Clark, Eau Claire and Jackson counties. The OROY award is given by fellow members of the chapter based on success in business, community service and dedication to the restaurant industry.

The OROY award was presented to Gadke on January 19th, at a WRA chapter meeting held at Fanny Hill in Eau Claire. A Legislative Citation was also presented to Gadke at the meeting.

On Tuesday, March 10, Gadke will also be honored with a commendation medal at the 2015 WRA Awards Dinner gala, taking place at Hilton Milwaukee City Center.

Gadke has extensive experience in hospitality, having been a part of the industry for many years. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and completed graduate studies as well. Nine years ago, Gadke became owner of the Orange Moose, employing 21 people in the 100 seat restaurant. The restaurant is unique in that it was named after the famous orange moose sculpture that has been a landmark on the interstate for over 30 years. The restaurant also serves a locally-brewed Orange Moose Ale on tap.

Gadke is very active in the community, serving as a Governor for Best Western International, holding a position on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Hotel & Lodging Association, being involved in the Black River Falls Rotary Club, spending five years as Secretary of the Jackson County Tourism Commission, and serving as Head Coach for the boys’ basketball team at Reedsburg Christian High School, to name a few. He is active in the local West Wisconsin Chapter of WRA, having served on the chapter board.

Gadke and his wife Christine reside in Black River Falls. He has two children: Brianna and Megan.

WRA represents a broad range of foodservice operations and is dedicated to promoting and improving the restaurant industry. For more information, visit www.wirestaurant.org.

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