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Welcome to the Hoffman House

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The original Hoffman House Restaurant was started in 1946 by seven Hoffman Brothers upon their return from the military service. It was located in Madison, Wisconsin, in an old building on East Wilson Street within a block of Lake Monona, the Northwestern Railroad passenger terminal and the East Madison branch of the Milwaukee Railroad

Following the success of their first restaurant, the Hoffman Brothers expanded their operations. They acquired Ishnala Supper Club in the Wisconsin Dells in 1953, and opened a number of restaurants in motor hotels throughout the Midwest.

In 1958 the Hoffman House in Rockford opened and was located in Don Carter Lanes on East State Street, with a small dining room and lounge. In 1975 Hoffman House moved to its current location, next to the Holiday Inn, with an expanded dining room, lounge and banquet facility.

Robert Prosser began his career working for the Hoffman Brothers in Wausau, WI in 1973 and then came to the Rockford Hoffman House in 1985.

I’ve worked with the Hoffman Brothers and I believe that their formula for success, “Serving the highest quality food, in a warm, friendly manner, at a fair price” is just as sound today as when they opened their first Hoffman House restaurant in 1946. We still follow the recipes and specifications which the Brothers developed over the years. We’re still cutting only USDA choice steak daily in our kitchen and don’t intend to change.

As a local owner and operator my goal is to continue to serve you in the best Hoffman House tradition and I am looking forward to doing just that.

Robert J. Prosser