Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant is a family-owned, casual dining restaurant in Sister Bay, Wisconsin. It is known for its Swedish cuisine and Scandinavian experience, as well as for the goats that live on its roof. In 1949, Al Johnson, the owner, opened a restaurant that he called Al's Home Cooking. In 1973, Al Johnson renovated the restaurant by importing wooden logs from a building in Norway and added a sod roof. Al's wife, Ingert, changed the interior to a more traditional Scandinavian design, and she added a gift shop called the Butik as a time filler for restaurant patrons waiting to be seated. After the renovation was complete, a friend gave Johnson a goat named Oscar as a joke, and someone decided to put Oscar on the roof as a joke. He later caught the attention of pedestrians, and inspired Al to obtain additional goats and put them on the roof. In 1996, the Johnsons registered the "Goats on the Roof" trademark, so that other restaurants in the United States can't have goats on their roofs. This day, goats weren't on the roof. But the restaurant's roof is equipped with goat cams for those who don't want to miss the opportunity. You can see the cameras toward the right side of the roof.
Photo captured August 17, 2020.
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