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Why Are There Goats on the Roof of This Restaurant?

The goats that have inhabited this Swedish restaurant’s roof for years have become legendary.

Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant and Butik in Sister Bay, Wisconsin is unique for a few reasons. It’s one of the most authentic Swedish restaurants in America. It’s designed to mirror the kind of building you would find in a Swedish village, both inside and out. Servers bring out traditional Swedish fare in elaborate outfits. Still, it’s not even the food that is the biggest draw for visitors to the legendary restaurant. It’s the goats that have called home to Al Johnson’s roof for the past forty years that stop people in their tracks.

Goats on roof
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The restaurant was started in the 40s, and was renovated in 1973, when the traditional European-inspired sod roof was added. After the renovations, Johnson’s best friend brought a goat to the restaurant and placed him on the roof as a joke. The goat brought a lot of attention to the eatery and inspired the family to add even more goats to the roof.

Goats on roof
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Al Johnson’s
Goats on roof
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Thanks in part to that practical joke so many years ago, Al Johnson’s is now one of the most popular restaurants in Wisconsin. If you’re ever in the area and want a unique dining experience you won’t likely forget, wave to the goats and enjoy some Swedish food at Al’s. You can find more info about the restaurant at their website.

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Why Are There Goats on the Roof of This Restaurant?