Local Counsel with Kristen E. Lonergan

The Wausau attorney tells us what’s good in the neighborhood

Published in 2016 Wisconsin Super Lawyers magazine

By Kristen E. Lonergan on November 11, 2016


Best restaurant  –  Red Eye Brewing Company. Their locally sourced, frequently updated menu is full of flavor, and their microbrews are top-notch.

Weekend getaway  –  Door County, with stops including Cave Point County Park, Door County Brewing Co. and the Creamery.

Favorite city event  –  The Balloon Rally & Glow. This year, we had 24 hot air balloons lined up at sunset for a synchronized “glow” at the local airport. Amazing. I would love to someday hitch a ride.

Where to go after a win  –  Sconni’s Alehouse and Eatery. The wide range of beer, creative drink options and cheese curds are best enjoyed with friends in the city’s finest patio setting.

Where to go after a loss  –  Home. Just … home.

Favorite courthouse perk ​​​​​​​ –  The friendly, helpful staff and hometown feel. 

Favorite thing about your office ​​​​​​​ –  The location—just steps away from the courthouse, coffee, good food and microbrews.

Favorite breakfast spot ​​​​​​​ –  The Urban Street Bistro food truck at the Saturday farmers markets.

Favorite lunch spot ​​​​​​​ –  Downtown Grocery. It suffered a devastating fire about a year ago, but at its temporary location, the lunch buffet—made of creative local, organic and vegetarian dishes—is still just as delicious!

Best place to reflect ​​​​​​​  –  The world-class Big Bull Falls professional whitewater kayaking course [now called Whitewater Park], right in our downtown. The rush of the rapids and the sound of the water help the mind go where it needs to go.

Best view ​​​​​​​  –  The lookout tower on top of Rib Mountain. You can see for miles. 

Most famous resident ​​​​​​​  –  Former resident Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo. 

Go-to sports venue ​​​​​​​  –  Rib Mountain for downhill skiing, Nine Mile for cross-country skiing and mountain biking, the Wausau Curling Center for curling, or Athletic Park to cheer on the Woodchucks.

Go-to arts venue​​​​​​​  –  The Grand Theater.

Most beautiful spot  –  On the path along Lillie Street in my neighborhood, the clearings in the trees provide breathtaking panoramic views of Rib Mountain and the Wisconsin River. This makes for some picture-perfect sunsets.

Best place for people-watching  –  Concerts on the Square.

Favorite local shop  –  Evolutions in Design. 

Favorite coffeeshop​​​​​​​  –  Patina Coffeehouse—a fabulous little place just steps away from my office. 

Favorite pizza joint ​​​​​​​  –  Stoney Acres Farm, as featured on Wisconsin Foodie. Go there! I love my farmers!

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