WAUTOMA, Wis. (WFRV) – A Wisconsin roadside attraction is marking 70 years. Wautoma’s Milty Wilty drive-in is “known from coast to coast”.
They are staying relevant by keeping it classic. “It is like going back in time, it is kind of neat” says customer Timothy Parsons.
The malt machines are busy at the Milty Wilty as they kick off another season. “My dad started this on June 11th 1947” says current owner Cindi Sommer.
For 70 years it has been a landmark along Highway 21 in Wautoma. “It started with just a walk up window and car hops. Expanded with a dining room and miniature golf next door” she explains.
While it is a hot spot for food, many locals have also punched in. “We had a good sized family, had 11 kids and I think 10 of us worked here” says Chuck Speilman, a former employee.
The menu has not changed much in seven decades and customers would not have it any other way. “We were the first in Wautoma to introduce pizza pie to this area” Sommer explains.
It is the perfect stop on a family vacation. “People use it as bribery if the kids are good” Sommer says with a laugh. “I have heard that story all through the years. People say if you’re good, we will stop at Milty’s and get you a custard cone”.
Make the trip on a Thursday, for cruise night, and you will be treated to a collection of classic cars. “It just seems to be the place to be, we have been coming here since high school” says Parsons.
Sommer gets a bit choked up when saying “It means a lot to me to continue my dad’s legacy and not just for my dad but for the community and the customers”.
The Milty Wilty is open seasonally, typically May through September.