By: Laura Schulte, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
Starting this spring, Wausau residents and visitors will be able to pedal the streets while sipping on beer and wine on a quadricycle.
Wausau Spokeeasy is the first company to bring a "pedal pub" to Wausau's city limits, allowing groups of up to 14 people to enjoy a ride and a drink or two, said Dan Dadabo.
The company launched this winter, taking bookings for as soon as March, when the weather will start making a turn for warmer. Even if the temperatures remain chilly, though, the bike has the ability to be enclosed and heated with a small heater, said Dadabo.
The Spokeeasy has been months in the making for Dadabo. He's been working closely with the city and the Wausau Police Department to ensure there are no safety concerns, and that the routes the bike, which moves about 4 to 5 miles per hour, will take won't cause traffic backups.
"The city has been fantastic," Dadabo said. "(They've) been really open to growing the business."
The company just purchased its first bike, which is about two years old, from a "pedal pub" company in North Carolina. The bike will allow as many as eight to 14 riders to sit and pedal, as well as a hired driver and another hired worker that will ensure all riders are staying safe. The company is currently hiring for the summer season.
Of course, there will be rules for the pedal-powered pub, like no glass containers or hard liquor. Up to 36 ounces of beer and wine will be allowed per person, and no one who is visibly intoxicated will be able to start a ride on the pub. Riders must wear appropriate footwear and remain on the quadricycle while it's in motion, Dadabo said. Overall, though, he expects the rides to be safe as long as riders comply.
Dadabo is currently in the process of working out a few different routes for The Spokeeasy, one along the riverfront and one around The 400 Block. Both will start at the new Central Time Distillery in the Wausau train depot, 713 Grant St. He's hoping to work with local businesses, so that riders can stop and visit different restaurants and bars along their route.
Dadabo said he believes that his new business will only enhance downtown's developments.
"We're excited for what's to come," he said. "It brings a ton of potential to downtown."
Rides on the quadricycle will start at $35 for a single rider on a mixer ride and a private tour for eight to 14 people will run $375 for two hours. All taxes and fees are included in the ride price. For more information or to book a tour, visit www.wausauspokeeasy.com.